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On August 18, elements of the NKPA 6th Division attacked the 2/24th on Battle Mountain, (Hill 665) overrunning Company E, and on the 19th they attacked the 1/24th, driving Company C from its position. Company A held on. According to Lt. Col. Roy Appleman, author of the Army's official history, the attack on the 18th tore a hole "nearly a mile wide in the line north of P'ilbong, (Hill 743)" which the enemy could exploit.