At dawn, men in the battalion [3d Battalion] saw an estimated 800 enemy troops enter the town.[Haman] [23-10]
Colonel Champeny at 0400, 1 September, moved the 24th Infantry Regiment command post from Haman two miles northeast to a narrow defile on the New Engineer Road. At this time, an enemy group attacked C Battery, 159th Field Artillery Battalion, a mile north of Haman. Two tanks of the 88th [89th] Tank Battalion helped defend the battery until the artillerymen could pull out the howitzers and escape back through Haman and then eastward over this recently improved trail. [23-9]
The enemy assault did not strike the southern part of the line held by Corley's 3d Battalion, 24th Infantry, and Colonel Throckmorton's 5th Infantry. That part of the line, however, did receive artillery and mortar fire and some diversionary light attacks.
About 0200, 1 September, men in an outpost on the right flank of Colonel Corley's battalion watched an estimated 600 enemy soldiers file past at a distance of 100 yards, going in the direction of Haman. Viewed during the night from the high ground of the 3d Battalion, Haman seemed to be in flames.
At dawn, men in the battalion saw an estimated 800 enemy troops enter the town. [23-10]
[23-9] 24th Inf WD, 1 Sep 50; 159th FA Bn WD, Sep 50: Barth MS, p. 16; Interv, author with Champney, 22 Jul 51. [23-10] 3d Bn, 24th Inf WD, 1 Sep 50; Corley, MS review comments. 22 Jul 53.
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