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Around Hill 159. Four diggers wait in a trench for the word to move out on a night patrol.
(AWM HOBJ4384)

At 9.00 a.m. on 8 October, two companies from the KOSB came under command of 3 RAR and relieved the Australians on 'The Hinge' and Maryang San. The RNF once more advanced on Hill 217 and was able to occupy the feature without opposition, meeting patrols from the KOSB on 'The Hinge'. At 11.00 a.m. on 9 October, the KOSB assumed command of the Maryang San area.

During this operation, 3 RAR had accounted for two full-strength Chinese battalions. Accurate figures show 283 counted enemy dead and fifty taken prisoner. This number does not include casualties from artillery, tank and medium machine-gun fire, which would have been considerable. The enemy fired accurate and sustained artillery concentrations, which was a new experience for 3 RAR. The night attack by the enemy was well controlled and occurred immediately after a heavy artillery concentration. Bugles were not used, nor was any movement heard before the attack began. In total, 3 RAR suffered twenty killed and 104 wounded. Fifteen of the wounded had remained on duty.

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