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The Polish cemetery at Monte Cassino contains graves of more than one thousand Poles who died while storming the abbey in May 1944, during the Battle of Monte Cassino.

The religious affiliation of the dead men is marked by each grave having one of three different types of headstone: the Catholic and Orthodox headstones are distinguished from each other by different forms of cross, while the Jewish headstones bear the Star of David.

The cemetery also contains the grave of General Anders, commander of the Polish forces, who survived the war, dying in London in 1970.

Part of the Polish memorial at Monte Cassino bears the following inscription, which translated from Polish reads:

We Polish soldiers
For our freedom and yours
Have given our souls to God
Our bodies to the soil of Italy
And our hearts to Poland.

A famous Polish song, Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino is dedicated to the solders who gave their lives at Monte Cassino:

Red poppies on Monte Cassino
Instead of dew, drank Polish blood.
As the soldier crushed them in falling,
For the anger was more potent than death.
Years will pass and ages will roll,
But traces of bygone days will stay,
And the poppies on Monte Cassino
Will be redder having quaffed Polish blood.
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