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Lot:61 At seven in the morning, on 1 January 1942, Kawamura launched his main attack against the western si

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SPINK2023年11月伦敦-勋章奖章

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At seven in the morning, on 1 January 1942, Kawamura launched his main attack against the western side of the Kampar position. This attack was carried out by the 41st Regiment and the brunt of it was against the area held by Lieutenant-Colonel Esmond Morrisons British Battalion. The 41st Regiment attacked straight into the British Battalions positions, supported by heavy mortar fire. The fighting became fierce with Japanese and British positions taken and retaken at the point of a bayonet. Japanese casualties were heavy with a continuous stream of wounded passing Colonel Okabes headquarters. Combined with the infantry assaults the Japanese poured continuous artillery fire and bombed and strafed the British positions with impunity (the Japanese had nearly complete air superiority by this stage in the campaign). Matsui brought in fresh soldiers to replace his mounting casualties … The ferocity and confusion of the close-quarter fighting around the British Battalion was especially violent in the forward positions. Lieutenant Edgar Newland, commanding a platoon of 30 Leicesters, held the most forward position of the battalion. His platoon was surrounded and cut off for most of the battle but Newland and his men fought off all attacks and kept hold of their isolated position throughout the two days. For his actions Newland later received the Military Cross … Hell on earth: the "British Battalions" stand at Kampar in January 1942, among their ranks a fellow Leicester, Sergeant Roland Baxter. An outstanding inter-war India General Service Medal awarded to Sergeant R. Baxter, Leicestershire Regiment, a soldier of the gallant "British Battalion" prior to his capture at the fall of Singapore in February 1942 As recounted by Lieutenant-General Sir Lewis Heath, The British Battalion, despite casualties which would have shattered the morale of any unit not imbued with the grandest spirit, continued to fight on, solidly and undismayed, till the very end … India General Service 1936-39, 1 clasp, North West Frontier 1937-39 (839022 L./Cpl. R. Baxter, Leic. R.), good very fine

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