The 43rd Wessex Division sent a message to XXX Corps HQ that was unusually realistic: “214th Brigade are going to have another crack at Elst, in which every house contains a bazooka and a few infantry. Will be a slow job but should be cleared up today.” Each battalion of the brigade would swing two of its three companies out into the open country to protect either flank of the attack; the third company would be held in reserve. This would be an all-out effort to clear the Germans from Elst. What no one in 214th Brigade knew was that “Hell’s Highway” had been cut once more by the Germans and therefore the British artillery ammunition was being rationed.
Attacker: British (1st Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment, 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, 214th Brigade, 43rd Wesses Division and 4/7 Dragoon Guards, 8th Armoured Brigade)