37 battery, who at this point were firing fuze 222 (airburst) with the setting
at .2 and finding it very effective, reported an
about 300 yards away and “Tank Alert” was ordered and the guns hauled out of the pits
so as to be able to engage.
The gunners had then little or no protection from mortar or
fire but held on anyhow.
H.54941 Sgt. Mutcheson L.T. and the remainder of 37 battery signal exchange
crew were in a house about 300 yards NORTH of their Battery Command Post and did not even
awake until 0430 hours!
Shortly after that they heard Jerry
force the civilians
to tell what room they were in but managed to shoot their way out and successfully rejoin
Two amusing incidents, amusing looked at in retrospect, happened about
First, the 4 Canadian Anti-tank Regiment, who had a party just SOUTH across the road from
, complained to
that the 17 Field Regiment was firing SA into their area and would they please stop.
They evidently were not in the picture as to what was happening at all.
The other thing was a result of the
firing at such ranges as 2700.
They were barely clearing the houses and trees at that range with their shells when the
The one tall building in OTTERLOO was the church tower but it was much too dark for
the gunners to see it and after reporting “Shot” on one of their numerous
targets they had to report they had removed the church tower.
finally ran out of SA ammunition and were ordered to fall back
to RHQ where the ammunition was re-allotted and the defences
strengthened by the men from Battery HQ and E troop of 76 battery.
The enemy came to within 50 yards of RHQ but did not penetrate the position.
RHQ and HQ 4 Anti-Tank Regiment were now cut off from the other units in town and the enemy
went right through onto the
guns and the Divisional HQ but were stopped at both places.
Special mention must be given to the Medium gunners who having turned in
their Tommy guns on leaving ITALY had not yet received their Sten guns.
They fought the enemy with their bare hands until they captured enough SA to shoot back.
One patrol got through to 60 battery area, but after a sharp
clash with SA and grenades they were wiped out after causing some casualties.