Recommended for VC downgraded to DCM. On 6th March 1943, 5439010 Sjt. Andrews was in command of an Infantry 6 Pdr anti-tank gun crew covering the southern approaches to the Bde position. This position was heavily attacked at an early hour when seventeen enemy tanks approached moving fast. They deployed for the attack, and passed across the front of Sjt. Andrews gun. With remarkable fire discipline, and with the intention of obtaining the full destructive effect of the anti-tank layout, Sjt Andrews held his fire and remained concealed until four enemy tanks had passed across his sights. The tanks were about at 1,000 yards range and passed his position, when Sjt. Andrews opened fire knocking out the first tank with a succession of shots, and also the tank following. This onslaught stopped the initial attack. A Mark IV Special then went into a hull-down position, and systematically shelled the gun pit, to which Sjt. Andrews replied repeatedly hitting the enemy tank, but causing no vital damage owing to the shots glancing off the heavily armoured turret. Another tank then took up a similiar hull-down position and acted as an armoured OP to an 88 mm in position behind a ridge, which came into action against the gun. The shelling became so severe that Sjt. Andrews ordered his crew into cover, but himself lay quietly beside the gun awaiting the opportunity for further action. It was clear that the enemy thought the gun silenced, as some time later the Mark IV that had been watching came slowly forward. Sjt. Andrews seized his opportunity, loaded and fired the gun himself, and scored a hit. The tank withdrew and was found the next day abandoned. For the next hour Sjt. Andrews continued to fire his gun single handed while continually being shelled and machine gunned. The parapet of his position was completely shot away, and the gun shield pierced by bullets, and an AP shot, while a 75 mm HE shell had exploded actually in the gun pit. When the fire had sufficiently lost its intensity, Sjt Andrews recalled his crew, and for the remainder of the day maintained his gun in action under continuous enemy fire of all natures. In all 64 rounds were fired by the gun. The gun and crew were in full view of a large portion of the main position, and the magnificent example set by Sjt Andrews undoubtedly had an effect that was probably decisive in encouraging others to stand firm under circumstances which at times became nearly desperate. When it is understood that Sjt Andrews had never before been in a determined enemy tank attack, nor had he ever fired his gun in action before, the exceptional gallantry of his behaviour throughout the day can be realised. LG 4.5.43. * Surname is Andrew not Andrews.