L.35252 Sgt. Knight, E.A. dealt with the first Jerry
him while one of his gun crew clubbed him with a rifle.
Two men of B troop were wounded by mortar fire but were evacuated by
Lt. G.F.F. Reynolds down “snipers alley” in a jeep.
Once 37 battery had begun firing
over open sights
to defend themselves all targets were given to 60 battery who began to run short
However, the drivers and ammunition numbers drove their
on to the position and dumped ammunition while under
and machine gun fire.
As daylight began to filter through, the intensity of the enemy fire began to
increase though the enemy by this time was not organized enough to put in a proper
attack but was trying to infiltrate by sections.
Major D.L. Gordon,
kept reiterating that we would stay and hold the position
(he was still dividing by 100) although all our SA ammunition was running
Just as everyone was down to his last magazine or less a group of
roared up the road from the
EAST with all guns blazing.
Three or four of the men from E troop had missed
when they retired from their
position and had contacted an assault squadron
They moved up at first light with all guns blazing since they were unable to find out the
locations of our positions.
This was unfortunate as several casualties resulted
but necessary under the circumstances.
After exchanging a few shots with the
the situation was clarified and they both put in a co-ordinated
attack with flame-throwers up the two roads along which Jerry had dug in.
The Jerries were flushed out and mowed down at a great old rate and rare indeed was the man
who did not heave a huge sigh of relief.
Things then quietened down considerably but with quite a lot of sniping
coming from the woods.
At 0845 hours the tanks and infantry started to clean up the woods and houses.
Lt A.M. Ross and F troop had not bothered to wait however, and had cleared their own
troop area and were busily engaged in having a wash and getting breakfast ready.
and E troop of 76 battery had breakfast at RHQ
and once their area was reported clear
they returned to their position.