Due to his quick appreciation of the situation, excellent command
and rapid organization of the position for defence not one gun was lost,
nor did the troop suffer one casualty and no organized attack got through
his position to the town.
His attitude of utter contempt for the enemy, his quick cheerful and sound orders
to his men throughout the night set an example which will long remain in the hearts
of his comrades and of which his regiment is justly proud.
L.35252 Sgt. Knight, E.A.'s citation for the
D.C.M. reads as follows:
On the night 16/17 April 1945 at OTTERLOO when the enemy attempted
to break through the town and rejoin his main forces, this
in command of his gun detachment in 60 Battery.
This battery was sited in rear of the other two and during the early stages
of the attack, although subjected to intense mortaring
and machine gun fire did not have the enemy actually on the gun position
and as a result was able to maintain
a terrific concentration of fire to assit
the other two batteries who were heavily engaged in fighting the enemy.
While 60 Battery guns were still firing the enemy did reach his position.
With absolutely no thought of his own personal safety, with contempt for the
mortar bombs and machine gun bullets which were landing all over the
position, Sgt. Knight, realizing his gun must continue firing,
shot the first enemy to approach his gun.
Then a second German appeared and as this
attempted to deal similarily with him, his weapon jammed.
Again with no thought of personal consequences and displaying
valor and a sense of duty far beyond the normal call, Sgt. Knight disposed
of the next German with bare hands.
While all this was going on he still continued to pass fire
orders to his gun, which remained in action the whole time.