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Wladyslaw Boncewicz
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1920, Poland
Death: May 18, 1944
Provincia di Frosinone
Lazio, Italy

Served as a Strzelec (Rifleman) with the 14th Vilnius Battalion Rifle ("Wildcats"), 5th Vilnius Infantry Brigade, 5th Kresowa Infantry Division, 2nd Polish Corps (Korpus Polski) during the Battle of Monte Cassino (Italy) in 1944. Was killed on May 18, 1944 and is buried at the Monte Cassino Polish Cemetery.
The Polish Victory at Monte Cassino

By Prof. Dr. Zdzislaw P. Wesolowski - Colonel, South Carolina State Guard (Reserve)
The Abbey at Monte Cassino is one of the most famous abbeys in Europe. It was founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia in 529 AD on the former site of the temple of Apollo. It is located 75 miles southeast of Rome. The abbey stands at an altitude of 1,700 feet, overlooking the town of Cassino and the surrounding countryside. The abbey's original buildings were destroyed by the Lombards in 580 AD and rebuilt in 720 AD. Monte Cassino was again destroyed in 883 by the Saracens and restored in mid 900. In 1349, it was damaged by an earthquake. It was rebuilt again in 1600 only to be sacked by French troops who invaded the Kingdom of Naples. It was again rebuilt and would remain in beautiful condition until 1944.
The town of Cassino and its abbey stood in the way of allied forces in their objective to liberate Rome. The German troops surrounded the abbey. From this vantage point, they controlled air and ground fire against the Allies. American and British forces were unable to take Monte Cassino from the Germans and withdrew from the battlefield. The Polish 2nd Corps took their place and were victorious. It succeeded in taking Monte Cassino after three weeks of fierce fighting in mountain terrain which left the troops exposed to enemy snipers on the slopes. Upon taking the abbey, the Poles raised the white and red flag of Poland on top of the ruins of the monastery.

The Battle of Monte Cassino is an eternal monument to the gallantry of the Polish soldiers.

It surpasses Polish military heroism at Samo Sierra and the Charge at Rokitna.

Brother of Szymon Boncewicz (memorial# 62467877)

Polish War Cemetery
Provincia di Frosinone
Lazio, Italy
Created by: Joe Chester
Record added: Dec 04, 2010
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Wladyslaw Boncewicz
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Wladyslaw Boncewicz
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Wladyslaw Boncewicz
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 Added: Jun. 25, 2011
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.
- Joe Chester
 Added: Dec. 4, 2010

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