Sogel, Germany April 10, 1945 A wounded German soldier taken prisoner during a German counterattack on the 4th Canadian Armoured Division. Corporal Forrest Francis Thompson, (shown below with an StG-44) was awarded the Military Medal for his actions on April 10th. He was a dispatch rider attached to 12th Field Ambulance when they came under attack. Photographer:Alex Stirton Source: DND via LAC/BAC Citation for the Military Medal to Corporal Forrest Francis Thompson: “At first light on 10 April 1945, the Germans put a strong counter-attack on the village of SOLGEL, Germany MR8751. The ADS of 12 Cdn Light Field Ambulance was situated in a building called the Hotel Jensen. It was shortly apparent that the enemy had infiltrated from the NORTH, SOUTH and EAST. The enemy paratroopers occupied buildings all around the ADS and proceeded to snipe the medical personnel as they worked on casualties. Defence parties were organized. Private Thompson, a dispatch Rider, immediately volunteered to assist in the clearing of the houses. Armed only with a Sten Gun, he moved from house to house, personally accounting for several Germans. On no less than three occasions, he went back for more ammunition for his party, crossing and recrossing the bullet swept street with complete disregard for his personal safety. When the clearing parties reached a house in which the enemy seemed to be firmly established with automatic weapons, Private Thompson placed himself in an exposed position and by accurate fire support enabled the remainder of the party to dispose of the enemy. When four tanks arrived to assist the medical personnel, Private Thompson returned to his unit to assist in the evacuation of casualties. The initiative and daring of this solder, above and beyond his normal call of duty, is a splendid example of bravery and deserving of high praise and commendation."