By M. Zuehlke
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They met no real resistance clearing their assigned sector in the center. L. Jones, meanwhile, had taken command of ‘D’ Company’s remnants. Instead of heading into the town, Jones led his men around its western flank. ‘D’ Company’s objective was a bridge two miles inland. Jones had no idea that ‘A’ Company was fighting hard for control of the buildings he went around. Inside west Courseulles, Shawcross thought his men were doing pretty well despite their small number. They were closing on the last buildings.
Hester decided to climb onto the pillbox and drop a grenade down an opening on the roof. But suddenly a hand darted out of the same opening and flipped a grenade out. It landed about four feet from his left foot. Hester doubled up, trying to make himself as small as possible. When the smoke cleared, Hester was amazed to discover that only a tiny chunk of shrapnel had nicked his Achilles tendon. Abandoning the solo attack on the pillbox, Hester looked around for help. The only men he saw still alive were gathered around Charles Dalton about a hundred yards away.
But the remaining engines were too gutless to pull the Sherman out of the mushy sand. Although stranded, they decided to stay with the tank. They would fight as long as possible. CHAPTER SEVEN “Our engines are wide open, and we’ll take you in as far as we can,” the commander of the LCAs carrying the Royal Winnipegs shouted in Major Fulton’s ear, as a constant spray of bullets rattled the hull. Fulton was reminded of hailstones hammering the tin roof of a prairie shack back home. He and the others in the front stepped closer to the ramp.