Events on the Loyals front 17th Feb 1944. By midday of the 17th February enemy armour was in the area of the Dead End Rd. German tanks found concealment behind a group of farmhouses & the infantry proceeded to dig in. The Scout Troop of 'A' Squadron 1 Recce Regiment were holding up the German advance throughout the morning until the enemy started to work their way around behind them, at which point the Recce soldiers were forced at 12.30 to withdraw south.... Source: History of the First Division. During the afternoon elements of the Infantry Lehr Regiment had established themselves in some houses at western end of the Dead End Road, from which position German tanks attempted to move forward. The 309 Lehr Regiment was a crack demonstration regiment specially rushed down from Doberitz in Northern Germany for the assault. Around 16.00 eleven American tanks came along the Lateral Road from the east and turned right into Via Anziate, where they were engaged in battle from 19.00 until dusk a few hundred yards north of the Flyover. Two German tanks almost reached the Flyover before being stopped. The Loyals were now covering a front some 2,000 yards east of the Flyover up to Stonk Wood, and to their right the remnants of 2, and 3 Battalions and the fresh 1 Battalion of the U.S. 179 Regimental Combat Team. The Map below is taken from the History of the Loyals Regiment. The Loyals' `A' Company were on the far left of the front, near the Flyover, B Coy were in the middle and C Coy on the right, based around a cluster of houses just west of Stonk Wood. D Coy were in reserve. The area to the Loyals front was flat, but what concerned them was the dip some 300 yards in front of the Loyals positions along the Lateral Road, a dip some where the Germans could form up unseen. Around nightfall, about 20.00 a platoon-strength German patrol, which had crawled into the dip in front of A Company's positions immediately east of the Flyover, attacked the Company's left forward platoon, but was driven off without difficulty. The situation at last light was obscure. Units of 1 U.S. Armoured Division moved up to the area south of the Flyover in readiness to check any further threat by enemy tanks down towards the Flyover. During the night of 17th-18th Feb the Germans kept up a steady bombardment of the Loyals positions. The storm rumbling over the Beachhead that night heralded the storm of fire that was about to rain on the troops manning the Final Beachhead Defence Line. Sources: History of the First Division, History of the Loyals Regiment and Anzio: An Unexpected Fury. Gary, any chance you can dig out some other photos? 18th February 1944. 2/7 MX . All through the night 17th-18th Feb there was heavy shelling on the Loyals positions. At 04.30 enemy aircraft were reported to be over the Lateral Road immediately south of 7 Platoon. A quarter of an hour later 7 Platoon's area was mortared and small arms and automatic fire could be heard to the left of the gun positions. At 05.00 the Loyals positions were attacked by Lehr Regiment 309. B Company bore the brunt of the attack. Their was infiltration between A and B Companies with hand-to-hand fighting. By 05.45, by sheer weight of numbers ( all three battalions of the Lehr Regiment had been committed), B Company HQ, situated in a building known as Todhunter Lodge, and the right forward platoon of B Company had been overrun ( History of the Loyals Regiment states left forward platoon, whereas according to the History of the First Division it was right forward platoon).The other two B Coy platoons held their ground, as did A and C Companies. But a Loyals section attack on the Todhunter Lodge failed. At 06.00 small arms fire started to fall on the area of Lt Bartlett's 7 Platoon (`B' Support Group). More to follow. Stu.