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attack petered out as the enemy had sustained heavy casualties. At this stage it was estimated that the objectives of the enemy attack were 'Boulder City' and Hill 111 in the US sector and Hill 121. At 4.00 a.m. another fight developed on Hill 111. By 5.30 p.m. the position was again fully in Marine hands. A section of 2 RAR medium machine-gun platoon on Hill 111 endeavoured to coax an enemy trapped in a bunker to surrender, but eventually was forced to kill him. During the night 2 RAR suffered two killed and fourteen wounded. A steady barrage of enemy shelling continued throughout the day.

At 9.00 p.m. on 25 July, about twenty enemy soldiers again tried to move up to 'The Hook'-held by D Company-but were driven off by a section patrol that killed at least one of the party. No casualties were suffered by the 2 RAR patrol; however, around 1.30 a.m., one digger from the patrol was killed and another wounded by enemy mortar fire. The patrol was recalled.

At 11.00 p.m., enemy artillery and mortar fire intensified to thirty rounds per minute accompanied by considerable movement on the left. Forty minutes later a determined attack by the enemy penetrated the left of 2 RAR's position and fighting was also reported on Hill 111. After a close contact fight lasting around an hour the enemy was driven back leaving 35 dead on the feature and another 35 either killed or wounded, counted around C Company's perimeter on Hill 121. A further estimate of 300 enemy dead was made on Hill 111-the US Marine position. Casualties taken by 2 RAR on Hill 111 during this action totalled five wounded.


Majon'ni, Korea, 1953.
Aerial view of roads in and around The Hook and its defences.
(AWM 157750)

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