Friday, December 27, 2013

Dec

27

1943

Commandos killed in Operation Hard Tack 7

Commandos use fighting knives during close-quarter combat practice in Scotland, 9 January 1943.

In view of the fact that my force had sustained such casualties. I decided to leave the two bodies, retrace my steps and return to the boat. No sooner had we started to move, however than more mines went up all around us. I cannot say how many there were but at the time we had the impression of being under fire from a heavy calibre machine gun. We continued our withdrawal to the dory.