Two half-tracks opened fire on the machine gun nest and the Raiders covered down while rounds chewed up the sand around the pit. Rico loosed another 40mm round and struck one half-track with flames enveloping the interior. Few German troops remained, but it was four against many. Heavy fire erupted in the direction of Rico and Zip’s position. The Raiders were overwhelmed. Zip took aim on another soldier running toward one of the half-track’s guns and pulled the trigger. The German hit the ground stopping instantly in the sand. Rico reloaded the launcher and hit the other half-track. He watched a fireball erupt from the passenger compartment and debris scatter in the air.
The armored unit erupted in flames and smoldered with oily black smoke. The intensity of fire on their position continued to grow and punch through the bricks in the wall. Rico could see their cover was eroding and yelled, “We got to displace!”
Zip nodded under the withering enemy fire and moved to the stairway running downstairs. Rico turned to move and a round struck him in the lower right arm. Part of the shrapnel knocked the 40mm grenade launcher out of his hand denting the barrel. He winced as the shot impacted him, picked up the weapon, and continued moving down the stairs despite the pain.