This Day In History: 1945-02-09

Germany. Deep in the Reichswald Forest, soaking wet from the incessant rain, with only minimal support from armour which cannot manoeuvre in the trees, 1st East Lancashires alternately defend against German counter-attacks, then launch their own assaults. Captain LeCocq is killed by a close-range burst of Spandau fire. Lt Stewart, days before OC of the Pioneer Platoon, leads his riflemen across 100 yards of open ground to attack the 2nd enemy defence line. At the end of 2 days of continuous offensive operations, the battalion has taken 121 enemy prisoners.