I'm doing a writing project for my third year of University and I've decided to go with an account of a (fictional) soldier fighting at Monte Cassino. I wanted to follow him from basic training to the field of combat, so I was wondering a few things, for historical accuracy: - Was there any British units involved in all four battles at Cassino? Not the 8th Army as a whole, but certain regiments? - Was it possible to be conscripted into the British army as late as November 1943, and then deployed to the field to join up with a unit, or did all the low ranking soldiers at Cassino already have experience from Salerno, Sicily and North Africa? - If the latter is true and some soldiers were deployed only just before the battle of Monte Cassino, how did they travel from Britain to Italy? Were they put on a ship or were they flown in? And where to? - In between each battle, where were the British units stationed? Were they dug in somewhere, or were they holed up in the town of Cassino? Or somewhere else? And where were they before the crossing of the Garigliano? - Did they draft in criminals into the British army, as an alternative to prison? - If soldiers had a relative who were fighting else - British units tend to have provincial or regional titles, such as the Yorks And Lancashire Regiment, or the 50th Northumberland Division. But were they only made up of people from those areas. For example, would there be no-one from Southern England in the Yorks And Lancashire Regiment? - Did soldiers train with their units from the start, or did they go through basic training with random other soldiers and then assigned to their respective units later on? I know some of these may be hugely obvious, but if you have any answers to those questions, it would be much appreciated.