As a Major with only 140 men under your command how do you take charge of 2000 prisoners of war that had just surrendered? The General had just handed over his pistol and the quick-thinking Major also demanded the map case of his Chief-of-Staff with all the German positions marked He told the General to instruct all his troops to assemble in the Square where they would be disarmed. He told his Captain Second-in-Command to give orders for the four Vickers machine guns of 11 (Machine Gun) Platoon of 'C' Company 7th Battalion The Manchester Regiment to position their Vickers machine guns in the four corners of the Square and to select positions for two Buffaloes to provide additional fire. The population rallied to help as they and the Dutch police rounded-up the Germans. Selected civilians were given the arms of the surrendering Germans and issued with arm bands. Many formations were marched in to the Square by their own officers. Some would not leave their positions until the British told then to do so as they were frightened of the civilians who had endured four years of German culture and tyranny. The Square was full of rejoicing civilians until the Major issued orders to the Dutch Police to clear the Square and from between 1700 hrs and 1830 hrs it alarmingly filled with German prisoners. As darkness fell the Major must have felt he was sitting on a powder keg. He had the overriding problems to keep the prisoners in order until reinforcements arrived and there was the consideration of feeding and ordered the bakeries to open up and produce bread. Some restlessness was detected as a number of German NCOs began to appreciate this was not a large force and where was the main body including the tanks. The Major ordered a Platoon Commander to organise available Buffalos to drive round the centre areas of the town and make as much noise as possible. Fortunately it began to rain and that helped dampened things down. There are three other photographs recording the scene that afternoon in Middelburg Square on 6th November 1944. The 140 force held the 2000 Germans until relieved at 0300 hrs the next morning when they handed over to the 5th HLI, who were reinforced shortly afterwards by the 4 KOSB. The Major was awarded Order of the Bronze Lion by the Government of The Netherlands.