This Day in History: 1943-04-29

Gab Gab Gap, Tunisia. 1st Loyals detaches D Company to reinforce the Grenadier Guards, who are beating off repeated attacks by German tanks and infantry. Serjeant Eddie Murphy and his platoon are assigned to defend a feature called Point 212. Through the day he leads his men in throwing back no fewer than five attacks, by infantry supported by tanks and heavy mortar fire. At one stage, temporarily out of ammunition, he starts hurling stones at the enemy. Inspired by this amazing sight, his men join in and again beat off the attack, also with stones and even rifle butts, in hand-to-hand fighting. For his actions on this day, Serjeant Murphy is awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, second only to the Victoria Cross as a gallantry medal for Non Commissioned Officers.