Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jun

11

1944

British officer’s kukrie attack earns VC

India 1944: A Gurkha soldier transporting a wounded man on his back through the jungle. Photograph by Cecil Beaton for the ministry of information.

The Japanese who were dug in along the banks of the road and in the jungle with machine guns and small arms, were putting up the most desperate resistance. As the platoon come within twenty yards of the Bridge, the enemy opened heavy and accurate fire, inflicting severe casualties and forcing the men to seek cover. Captain Allmand, however, with the utmost gallantry charged on by himself, hurling grenades into the enemy gun positions and killing three Japanese himself with his kukrie.