http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MarocchinateMarocchinate (Italian: plural of marocchinata, literally translatable as "Moroccaned (woman)") is a term applied to the victims of the mass rape committed during World War II after the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy by Goumiers, Moroccan colonial troops of the French Expeditionary Corps (CEF), commanded by General Alphonse Juin.
Montecassino was captured by the Allies on 1944-05-18. The next night, thousands of Goumiers and other colonial troops swarmed over the slopes of the hills surrounding the town and in the villages of Ciociaria (South Latium). Over 2,000 women, ranging in age from eleven to 86, suffered from violence, when village after village came under control of the Goumiers. Civilian men who tried to protect their wives and daughters were murdered without mercy. The number of men killed has been estimated at roughly 800.
The mayor of Esperia, a comune in the Province of Frosinone, reported that in his town, 700 women out of 2,500 inhabitants were raped and that some had died as a result. According to Italian sources, more than 7,000 Italian civilians, including women, children and some men, were raped by Goumiers.
Why did this happen, who triggered this mass rape, and what was the purpose behind raping Italian women and killing their men? Can this be classified as ethnic cleansing?