Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Honored Allies Wednesday: Bruce S. Kingsbury (Australia)

"In New Guinea, the Battalion to which Private Kingsbury belonged had been holding a position in the Isurava area for two days against continuous and fierce enemy attacks.  On the 29th August, 1942, the enemy attacked in such force that they succeeded in breaking through the Battalion's right flank, creating a serious threat both to the rest of the Battalion and to its Headquarters.  To avoid the situation becoming more desperate, it was essential to regain immediately the lost ground on the right flank.  Private Kingsbury, who was one of the few survivors of a Platoon which had been overrun and severely cut about by the enemy, immediately volunteered to join a different platoon which had been ordered to counter-attack.  He rushed forward firing his Bren Gun from the hip through terrific machine-gun fire and succeeded in clearing a path through the enemy.  Continuing to sweep the enemy positions with his fire and inflicting an extremely high number of casualties on them, Private Kingsbury was then seen to fall to the ground shot dead, by the bullet from a sniper hiding in the wood.  Private Kingsbury displayed a complete disregard for his own safety.  His initiative and superb courage made possible the recapture of the position which undoubtedly saved Battalion Headquarters, as well as causing heavy casualties amongst the enemy.  His coolness, determination and devotion to duty in the face of great odds was an inspiration to his comrades." 

From Pvt. Kingsbury's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 5 February 1943.
May you be at peace,
A documentary of Kingsbury's action that won him the VC.

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