On 27 July 8-inch guns were used for the first time against the invading army, as Toledo fired on troop concentrations, supplies, and revetments by day, and by night illuminated the battleline with star shell.
By careful conservation of ammunition this support was continued for 11 days, and so effective was the shooting of the cruiser and the destroyers, assisted by a 24th Division fire control party and by air spot, that only here did the battleline remain stable.
Cruising generally some 7,000 yards offshore, exchanging liaison
personnel with the forces ashore by whaleboat, covering the seaborne arrival of
supplies for frontline troops, and making arrangements for possible evacuation,
the ships of
Higgins’ element found their days full.