Automatic fire was
heard from across the Erria road indicating a German Attack on 3rd
figures appeared in front of our lines.
The troopers were
ordered to hold their fire, fearing the people were members of our 3rd
Platoon withdrawing from the main line of resistance. (MLA)
When many men cried
out that the helmets were German, the order to fire was given.
By holding their
fire, thinking our own men may have been in the field, the Platoon allowed
the aggressive SS troops to fill the field and come within close range of
our rifles and machine guns.
The results were
seen when daylight revealed the bodies of about 60 SS Panzer Grenadiers in
front of our 1st Platoon lines.