Colonel John Chaston, who has died aged 93, won an MC in Belgium in 1944.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:54 AM
One of Chaston's platoons was overrun, and the positions of the remainder of the company – including its HQ – were penetrated by large parties of Germans. Chaston organised the defence with great skill and determination. He sent back cool and accurate reports by wireless until he was forced to close down the set as some Germans were at his window. But he and his men held firm and at 5.30pm the Germans began to withdraw, leaving many dead, wounded, and some prisoners behind them. Chaston was awarded an MC for his spirited leadership during the action.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:02 PM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:15 PM
"We're surrounded. That simplifies our problem!" LtGen. Chesty Puller.
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