37 battery were soon firing
over open sights
and attempting to defend themselves.
C and D companies of the IrRC
were close to
C and D troops but the Battery Command Post was off by itself.
A momentary ray of hope was experienced when 37 battery reported they heard
our tanks but it turned out to be the troop of the
retiring to the town.
Lloyd, W.R. of 76 battery managed to fight his way out of 76 Battery Command
Post to RHQ
where he reported the situation
He then proceeded to IrRC Tactical HQ and asked for one tank.
The Battalion Commander agreed and they found a Sgt willing to go but the
GGHG officer refused permission.
Major D.L. Gordon,
at RHQ Command Post had taken complete charge of the situation and was
systematically dividing every report of the number of enemy
in the area by 100.
By this time the 76 battery Command Post was forced to evacuate and fall back on
E troop since their house was on fire and their wireless set smashed by enemy fire.
Lt. J.H. Stone immediately put their wireless on the Regimental net and
re-established communications with RHQ.
Capt L.S. Hand then fought his way out of E troop Command Post and arrived at RHQ
reporting that they were almost out of SA
and wanting some to take back.
However, he was unable to get the ammunition up to 76 battery since RHQ was now
completely cut off from E troop and burning vehicles had the area lit up like day.
F troop had withdrawn from their troop Command Post and were dug in around their guns holding
their fire until they had something to shoot at.
Lt. A.M. Ross did a hang-up
job of controlling his troop and managing to keep moving from gun pit to gun pit.
All their guns were knocked out by machine gun fire but they stayed there fighting with
their small arms, throughout the entire night and killed 5 enemy on the actual
position, wounded four more and took 22 prisoners.
The position was surrounded for over 6½ hours, under mortar fire and
with an occasional round from our own guns falling in the area.
The drivers from this troop who were some 500 yards in rear defended their vehicles
until all nine were wounded and then fell back into
the IrRC area.