May 3, 2013

Regarding Jonathan Yardley’s April 28 Book World review of Peter Caddick-Adams’s book “Monte Cassino, Ten Armies in Hell,” a point of clarification is in order.

Yardley stated, “It was to a unit of Poles that fell the honor of declaring victory, by raising the Polish national colors over the fallen abbey.” The reason this honor “fell” to the Poles was because the task of capturing Monastery Hill was requested by and given to the Poles, who did so with two attacks that resulted in approximately 3,500 casualties.

It should be noted that they fought elite German paratroopers, the Wehrmacht’s best fighters, who withdrew from the abbey and later reported that the Poles were the bravest of them all.

Gene Sokolowski, Burke