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14 Platoons major. No. 15 Platoon out on one flank so its males may provide fireplace aid to the opposite platoons. 18 The smoke screened the corporate until eventually it was once yards from the Abbaye. Then a breeze swept it away, and Tubb and his males discovered themselves “completely bare to view … Rifle and automated small fingers hearth got here at us throughout the slits within the holding stone wall and partitions of the Abbaye structures, thickened up through help from [two] dug-in tanks a little bit off to the correct entrance … thirteen Platoon acquired onto a box of buried mines, including to the final turmoil. ” Tubb left his corporation headquarters part and ran to assist extricate the platoon from the sector. “I used to be hit within the leg by means of a machine-gun burst and sat down all of sudden. It felt as if an individual had hit me a robust wallop with the broadside of a shovel. ” Led by means of second-in-command Captain Lyle White, his headquarters part ran to Tubb. “Just as he obtained ten or twelve toes away, he used to be hit within the chest through an MG burst, loss of life immediately. the remaining have been uninjured. ” “Jack, it appears like you’ll need to take over the remainder of the way,” Tubb informed corporation Sergeant significant Jack Adams. As Adams began to rise up, “he used to be actually shocked, head over heels, with successful within the shoulder. a person got here again to document Platoon commanders killed, the 3rd wounded and all part leaders out of motion, with a couple of survivors battling at the Abbaye threshold. ”19 As Tubb used to be loaded onto a salvaged door serving as a stretcher, he ordered the corporate again to the mounds. ‘C’ corporation was once accomplished. Twenty-one males healthy to struggle made it again to the mounds. Fifteen of those crawled to Authie and again with stretchers to adopt the gradual, lethal task of rescuing the wounded from a box within which the corporate had suffered eighty-five casualties—twenty-two deadly. 20 Captain Gordon Brown’s ‘D’ corporation had additionally been pinned down whilst the smokescreen dissipated. Brown observed the tanks, observed an MG-42 firing from a pillbox at one nook of the stone wall, and observed one other taking pictures from the head of the church. to avoid his signallers—marked by way of the lengthy and special whip antennae in their instant sets—from being killed, Brown had left them in Authie less than keep watch over of his second-in-command, Captain Hector “Hec” Jones. He used to be lowered to sending a runner again to Jones, who then transmitted messages to battalion headquarters. “As the fight went on it was once just like a poor dream,” Brown recalled. “The occasional guy fell wounded or loss of life and was once handled through his acquaintances. ” Lieutenant Jack Mooney’s No. sixteen Platoon and No. 18 Platoon, commanded through Lieutenant Dick Roberts, led ‘D’ Company’s enhance with Lieutenant Al Law’s No. 17 Platoon in path. Brown’s headquarters part was once on the again. every body was once “crawling, operating and diving into the excessive grass to flee loss of life. We misplaced music of time and area. The Abbaye seemed at times throughout the haze of smoke, looming ominous and nonetheless spitting gunfire of every kind. ” At 2100 hours, a runner stated that Mooney and his platoon had long past left round the Abbaye partitions to get in the back of the most German defences, and disappeared.