A 90-year-old veteran has spoken of how he faced the horrors of Monte Cassino aged just 18.
Ivor Gaskill, who served with the Royal Hampshire Regiment as a private, said: "I remember trying to get up the hill - we were up to our waists in mud and water, soaking wet, hungry and full of lice.
"We were being shelled and shot at constantly but it was just a case of keep going. What else was there to do? You couldn't run away.
The veteran who returns each year to the site where so many of his friends died - welcomed Prince Harry's visit, saying: "I thought we were forgotten.
"It's great to see him here. It's marvellous of him to do it."
Tourists at the world famous landmark were treated to an unexpected sighting of Prince Harry as the royal took in some of Italy's sights.
Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Harry says it "makes no sense" that one of the Second World War's bloodies battles has been "forgotten".