AKA, the third fight in Operation Nachshon
It is 1100 on 7 April 1948, and Dor Peleg's 3rd Platoon is attacking south to north on the eastern end of the Arab village of Al-Qastal, its objective: the Arab Liberation Army headquarters in the village. This attack is in support of the Etzioni Brigade's attack, which has bogged down in the west end of the village. 2nd Platoon had just taken the old Roman Fort south of the village, but casualties have been so bad that 1st and 2nd Platoons have been combined, and they are manning defensive positions there while 3rd Platoon assaults into Al-Qastal from the south.
Dor Peleg, age 38, former Jewish Brigade Sergeant and Palmach member returned home, Sten
Abel Shitrit, age 19, a village youngster, Sten (shell splinters in face during Battle for Mar Gush)
Avigdor Galil, age 18, village youngster, Mauser (shot in bicep during Battle of Mar Gush)
Ephraim Gur, age 25, former member of the Palmach that returned home, (shot in right butt cheek during Battle for Mar Gush) Sten
Alon Shahak, age 35, former Jewish Brigade Corporal and Palmach member returned home, MG-34
Daniel Eisentkot, age 51, refugee from Bulgaria, Sten
Yuval Matt, age 17, refugee from Norway, Mauser
Aaron Ayalon, age 24, former British Army Paratrooper, Sten
Boaz Efrat, age 20, a village youngster, MP-40
Eran Levy, age 25, a refugee from Poland, Mauser
And now it is time to fight! I kinda wish Dor had kept the assault teams together ;)
Now one group being spotted on its first move is bad luck, but both groups getting spotted on their first move is REALLY bad luck. Like three of four guys stepping on landmines...
-Eran Levy, the young Polish Refugee, was shot three times in the upper chest, complications of which stopped the flow of blood to his right arm, which had to amputated.
-Abel Shitrit, a village youngster wounded during the Battle for Mar Gush, was shot in the head. Initially left for dead, two hours later his friend from 2nd Platoon, Aram Mofaz, came to check on him and discovered he was still breathing. Abel was evacuated to the hospital in Tel Aviv, where he finished the war.
-Yuval Matt, the 17-year old Norwegian refugee, was shot in the chest. Evacuated to the hospital in Tel Aviv, there were complications with his lungs and infection set it; he recovered, but his war was over.
-Aaron Ayalon, the tough former British Para, was shot in both legs, taking over a year to rehabilitate, ending his war.
-Ephraim Gur, the former Palmach commando, is wounded for the second time in this young war, but he was pretty lucky. A round skipped off the stone steps and ended up in his rib cage; he should be back in action in about a week.
-Dor Peleg, the platoon commander, was shot in the left arm, but is okay and should be back in about two weeks.
The remaining Jews of the company quickly consolidated their positions in the village of Al-Qasat; lack of manpower dictated they abandon their positions at the old Roman Fort, though they sent messengers to inform the local Palmach commander, Yitzhak Rabin, of the situation, and he was able to spare some troops to cover the southern flank, though he was unable to spare any troops to reinforce the company, now whittled down to a nub and expecting an Arab counterattack to re-take their headquarters. Which arrived mere hours later.