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The fact is that shortly after the enemy attack started most of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry, fled its positions. The enemy passed through the line quickly and overran the 2nd Battalion command post, killing many men there and destroying much equipment. Haman was then open to direct attack. As the enemy encircled Haman, Colonel Roberts, the 2nd Battalion commander, ordered an officer to take remnants of the battalion and establish a roadblock at the south edge of the town. Although the officer directed a large group of men to accompany him, only eight did so. The 2nd Battalion was no longer an effective fighting force. [23-8]