Enemy mortar and machine gun fire on the Infantry forming-up areas was
Capt. G.E. Madden and his OPA
Gnr. McNair were both wounded by shell fragments while waiting
to go forward with Dog Company Perths.
On the S.L.
Charlie Company Perths deployed with two platoons forward, Capt. G.A.C. Steer
being with the Company Commander.
Bad luck came early when a burst of machine gun fire knocked out the 38 set which
Larence was carrying on his chest.
Larence was uninjured but Capt. Steer was hit a few minutes later,
the bullet tearing off his glasses and spraying his eyes and cheeks.
No replacement was forthcoming so Capt. Steer stayed with the Company.
He fired an
target on a road junction on the Company Commanders set
but was left without communications when this set failed
The Company Commander was later killed and Capt. Steer evacuated.
Capt. J.H. Mitchell was wounded by machine gun fire in the foot and also had
to be evacuated.
Capt. F.D. Brooks went forward to replace Capt. Madden but was unable to locate the
company for sometime.
He finally found them pinned down and suffering fairly heavy casualties
from enemy snipers, mortars, and machine guns overlooking them from the next
crest which was the company objective.
He registered a target on the objective and subsequently engaged
it as a
The Infantry were still unable to get forward and withdrew to the reverse
side of the slope.
The same MIKE target was then fired as a
target 20 minutes rate normal.
Charlie Company moved forward again to find enemy position completely neutralized
except for one machine gun which Capt. Brooks knocked out with a
Capt. Brooks showed remarkable coolness and determination throughout this action
although he was under almost continuous fire at all times.
Despite the fact that he had lost contact with the Infantry owing to a change of plan,
he continued to go forward and engage the enemy and was one of the first to reach
An amusing interlude occurred when Capt. Sutherland, who was with the Cape Breton
Highlanders, sent down
“Smoke the Valley” and the signaller acknowledged with
“Close down till reveille”.