A thin line of British infantrymen advanced slowly up the ridge. When they were some 40 yards short of the summit, the whole hushed countryside seemed to blow up. Mortars, rifles and machine guns from the enemy positions suddenly concentrated on them. The infantrymen wavered for a moment, looked up at the sky, then dashed on to the summit, where they dug in.

From an observation post in the rear, Drew Middleton of the New York Times described what happened next:

"Out of the northeast came the bombers. They circled the position leisurely,...

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