This Day in History: 1944-08-06

D Company of the 1st Battalion had moved to Lacesta in Italy. Before dawn the company ration train was ambushed, one Rifleman being killed. In the afternoon a reconnaissance party led by the Commandant walked into a company of Austrians of 5 Mountain Division, who were resting without having posted sentries. They fled, but a spandau started firing and Captain Marley-Clarke was killed. Captain Miller, who had dashed forward with a platoon of B Company, got so exasperated by his American carbine misfiring 8 times he threw it away and led the chase of the enemy with his bare hands.  Click here to read an account of the Regiment’s campaign in Italy.

Subedar Major Lalbahadur Mall presents a kukri to General Devers, Supreme Commander Mediterranean Theatre