two men across an open field to a position from which the piat could best be employed. Leaving one man on the weapon, Private Smith crossed the road with a companion and obtained another piat. Almost immediately an enemy tank came down the road firing its machine guns along the line of the ditches. Private Smith's comrade was wounded. At a range of thirty feet and having to expose himself to the full view of the enemy, Private Smith fired the piat and hit the tank putting it out of action. Ten German infantry immediately jumped off the back of the tank and charged him with schmeissers and grenades. Without hesitation Private Smith moved out onto the road and at a point blank range with his tommy gun killed four Germans and drove the remainder back. Almost immediately another tank opened fire and more enemy infantry closed in on Smith's position. Obtaining some abandoned tommy gun magazines from a ditch, he steadfastly held his position protecting his comrade and fighting the enemy with his tommy gun until they finally gave up and withdrew in disorder.
One tank and both self-propelled guns had been destroyed by this time but another tank swept the area with fire from a longer range. Private Smith still showing utter contempt for enemy fire helped his wounded friend to cover and obtained medical aid for him behind a nearby building. He then returned to his position beside the road to await the possibility of a further enemy attack.
No further immediate attack developed and as a result the battalion was able to consolidate the bridgehead position so vital to the success of the whole operation which led to the eventual capture of San Giorgio Di Cesena and a further advance to the ltonco river.
Thus by the dogged determination, outstanding devotion to duty and superb gallantry of this private soldier, his comrades were so inspired that the bridgehead was held against all enemy attacks pending the arrival of tanks and anti-tank guns some hours later.
Private Smith was from British Columbia, but I take some pleasure in saying that his mother was a French Canadian from Bona-venture county in the province of Quebec.