Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Honored Allies Wednesday: Tasker Watkins (United Kingdom)

"On 16 August 1944 at Barfour, Normandy, France, Lieutenant Watkins' company came under murderous machine-gun fire while advancing through corn fields set with booby traps.  The only officer left, Lieutenant Watkins led a bayonet charge with his 30 remaining men against 50 enemy infantry, practically wiping them out.  Finally, at dusk, separated from the rest of the battalion, he ordered his men to scatter and after he had personally charged and silenced an enemy machine-gun post, he brought them back to safety.  His superb leadership not only saved his men, but decisively influenced the course of the battle."

From Lt. Watkins' Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 27 May 1941.
An honorable ally for sure,
Statue of Watkins at the Millennium Stadium in Wales.

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