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Harry arrives for Monte Cassino memorial service

Prince Harry has arrived for the service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino, one of the most important battles of the Italian campaign during the Second World War.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart is covering the service, along with royal producer Emma Wright.

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Veterans gather for 70th anniversary of Monte Cassino

ITV News royal producer Emma Wright is in Italy ahead of Prince Harry's arrival at the site of the battle of Monte Cassino.

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Read: Prince Harry tours WWII monastery ruins in Italy

70th anniversary of the Great Escape marked in Poland

A ceremony to commemorate the Great Escape, the famous breakout from German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft Three in 1944, took place in Zagan, west Poland.

Survivors, families and UK and Polish officials gathered in Zagan to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the escape plot.

One reenactor said: "We have great respect for all prisoners who were here"

Read: British RAF meet last survivors of The Great Escape at Stalag Luft 3.

Former prisoner of war and survivor of Stalag Luft Three, Charles Thelen, said it was "kind of a strange feeling" on seeing the camp today.

Of those who broke out of the camp, only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.

Great Escape veterans re-visit prisoner of war camp

British Prisoner of War veterans revisit the route of a death march that claimed hundreds of Allied lives in 1945, as the world celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Great Escape.

RAF regulars and reserves stood with Charles Clarke OBE, one of the last remaining servicemen who made the treacherous journey through enemy lines.

Images via Twitter from Matt Reid RAF Cranwell.

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The Great Escape tunnels seen today at Stalag Luft 3

In the spring of 1943, Squadron Leader Roger Bushell RAF conceived a plan for a major escape from the camp, which occurred the night of 24–25 March 1944 - known as The Great Escape.

The Stalag Luft 3 was a Lufftwaffe run prisoner of war camp in Poland

Martin Cross takes us on a personal walkthrough of the tunnels, named Tom, Dick and Harry.

US sailor from iconic Times Square kiss dies aged 86

Glenn McDuffie, the US Navy veteran who kissed a nurse in an iconic photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in New York on V-Day in 1945, has passed away aged 86.

McDuffie told the Associated Press years later that he had been changing trains in New York when he heard that war was over: “I was so happy. I ran out in the street.”

“And then I saw that nurse,” he said. “She saw me hollering and with a big smile on my face ... I just went right to her and kissed her."

Glenn McDuffie battled lung cancer and reportedly lived in a Dallas suburb at the time of his death. Nurse Edith Shain died in 2010 at the age of 91.

The Kiss image in Times Square
The iconic image is known as V-J Day in Times Square, V-Day, and The Kiss. Credit: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Getty
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