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Lt. James E. Fowler - G Co.

Automatic fire was heard from across the Erria road indicating a German Attack on 3rd Platoon.

Within minutes, 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.

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