The advance of the 7th Hussars during 9th December was so well directed by Lt Col Byass that the left flank of the 4 Armd Bde was assured at an early hour.

His coolness and personal bravery were an inspiration to all ranks.

During the events of 14th December, his regiment was attacked so savagely from the air that it appeared that movement must be paralysed.

Lt-Col Byass, however, directed operations, ordered reconnaissances and secured the right flank as if the air factor was non-existent. The fact that his regiment, at the end of the 14th and 15th December had carried out hard tasks and were ready to engage the enemy anywhere was entirely down to the personal inspiration of Lt-Col Byass.

General Officer Commanding
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