During the period preceding the advance to SAN ALBERTO on 4 Jan 45 this Corporal volunteered to cross the R.LAMONE in order to gain detailed information of the enemy dispositions. This he did most thoroughly, spending 36 hours in a farm occupied by the enemy.

During the subsequent attack Cpl Collins throughout showed the utmost determination on several times exposing himself to the full view and fire of the enemy, and owing to his detailed knowledge of the position enabled the attack to be pressed home with a minimum of casualties, and resulting in the death of six Germans and the capture of one officer and 12 O.Rs.

J Congreve, DSO
7th Hussars

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