Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Honored Allies Wednesday: Henry B. Foote (India)

"On 6th June, Lt.Col. Foote led his Battalion, which had been subjected to very heavy artillery fire, in pursuit of a superior force of the enemy.  While changing to another tank after his own had been knocked out, Lt.Col. Foote was wounded in the neck.  In spite of this he continued to lead his Battalion from an exposed position on the outside of a tank.  On June 13th, when ordered to delay the enemy's tanks so that the Guards Brigade could be withdrawn from the Knightsbridge escarpment and when the first wave of our tanks had been destroyed, Lieutenant Colonel Foote re-organized the remaining tanks, going on foot from one tank to another to encourage the crews under intense artillery and anti-tank fire.  As it was of vital importance that his battalion should not give ground, Lieutenant Colonel Foote placed his tank, which he had then entered, in front of the others so that he could be plainly visible in the turret as an encouragement to the other crews, in spite of the tank being badly damaged by shell-fire and all its guns rendered useless.  By his magnificent example the corridor was kept open and the brigade was able to march through.  Lieutenant Colonel Foote was always at the crucial point at the right moment, and over a period of several days gave an example of outstanding courage and leadership that it would have been difficult to surpass.  His name was a byword for bravery and leadership throughout the brigade. "

From Lt.Col. Foote's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on May 18th, 1944.
A true honored ally,

Matilda II tank at The Tank Museum, England, painted to represent a similar tank used by Lieutenant Colonel Foote.

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