Gunner Michael Mannion

 

Unit : "E" Troop, 2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery

Army No. : 4296661

Awards : Military Medal

 

Gunner Mannion was one of a 6-pounder Gun detachment of 2nd Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery. On the 20th September 1944, West of Arnhem, the enemy started a severe ground and air attack on the position, and the gun detachment suffered heavy casualties. Gunner Mannion however continued to engage the approaching tanks with imperturbable resolution. By this time the only unwounded man and displaying complete disregard for his own safety, he carried each of the injured crew across open ground covered by small arms fire and ground strafing from fighters. He put them into slit trenches and dressed their wounds. Manning his gun alone until ordered to withdraw, he finally collected a jeep, and still under observed enemy fire, he drove his gun back.

 

Throughout, Gunner Mannion's determination was an example to all, and his gallantry and outstanding devotion to duty was largely responsible for the failure of the enemy attack.

 

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