The Australian Lieutenant, Winston Hines, received his orders with incredulity, he was still waiting for his last ASLAVs to land. He saw a group of South African mechanics repairing a bunch of “past best by date” Ratels, and asked to borrow a few. Corporal H. Owzit agreed as long as he could join the Aussies in their attack. The mechanics told Australian Lt Winston Hines and Sergeant Allan Lot that they also had found a British Challenger tank in a hangar and would bring that along for good measure.
|The four 155mm shells land, causing casualties in the trenches and dropping the roof of Pavdullah's house onto the insurgents on the top storey.|
|The Australians stack up for their assault on Pavdullah's House. The glory boy ODA also approach the east wall to breach and clear.|
With the rampant defeatism circulating the ranks I think the following are a few wise words.
And Tolstoy had it right, "A battle is won by the side that is absolutely determined to win. Why did we lose the battle of Austerlitz? Our casualties were about the same as those of the French, but we had told ourselves early in the day that the battle was lost, so it was lost.”