Raymond Deed and Dudley Goodwin - Bayonet charge

Running time
1 min 41 sec
Date made
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Department of Veterans' Affairs

Transcript

We did a bayonet charge. I don 't know the area, I 've forgotten it now. The whole battalion lined up. Ferguson got us to fix our bayonets. I think I must have been the last bloke who fixed his bayonet because I walked up to the front and said to my mates 'What 's going on here? ' A typical digger I said 'What 's going on here? ' 'You 've got to fix bayonets. ' 'Why? Where are we going? ' 'Over the hill. '

The North Koreans were firing a machine gun at us. It was only a little one about as high as this chair. We fixed bayonets and he said 'Charge. ' So we raced across the thing. At the bottom of the hill there was a creek running across there and for some unknown reason I fell in the hole and it was freezing water and Eric Larson that was the platoon commander at the time, he stopped us, he yelled out 'Charge. '

We 're halfway up the hill and he chopped in half across his chest by a machine gun from shoulder to waist. We eventually took the hill, knocked out the machine gun and when we looked over the hill the Americans had been firing their tank shells and there must have been at least 300 North Korean people in that valley. It was damn right disgusting. They were just laid on top of one another and just piled them up and we stayed there all night.

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