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The very good Second World War North West Europe Advance on Bremen 18th April 1945 ‘immediate’ Military Medal group awarded to Sergeant F.V. Mullins, 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, who may have landed with his battalion when it formed o...

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The very good Second World War North West Europe Advance on Bremen 18th April 1945 ‘immediate’ Military Medal group awarded to Sergeant F.V. Mullins, 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, who may have landed with his battalion when it formed one of the two leading assault battalions of the 3rd Division on D-Day, 6th June 1944, but distinguished himself on 18th April 1945 during the final operations leading to the capture of Bremen. As a Platoon Sergeant in ‘C’ Company, he took command of his Platoon when his Platoon Commander was wounded. Shortly after this his Platoon in conjunction with a troop of tanks was ordered to seize and occupy a small bridgehead labour a blown in bridge in order to protect the main axis which was some 800 yards from the bridge. One attack on this bridge had been held up by heavy fire from several skilfully concealed enemy machine guns which were then subjected to our mortar fire. Mullins again leading his Platoon to the attack was again heavily fired at by these machine guns which were most determinedly handled by the enemy. Mullins fought his platoon with help from the tank troop into positions and all but one of the enemy posts were silenced. He then led his platoon still under fire from one un-located post forward to the line of the stream forcing the enemy to withdraw. He found the stream passable by wading and immediately waded his platoon across it still under fire from enemy snipers. This skilful and determined crossing carried out by Sergeant Mullins established the bridgehead required and prisoners were captured.’

Group of 4: Military Medal, GVI 1st type bust; (5438624 SJT. F. MULLINS. S.LAN.R.); 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal.


Condition: Good Very Fine.


Frank Vivian Mullins came from London, and saw service during the Second World War as a Sergeant (No.5438624) with the 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Present out in North West Europe, he was possibly with his battalion when on D-Day - 6th June 1944, it formed one of the two leading assault battalions of the 3rd Division. The Battalion landed on Queen White Beach at 7.20 a.m. and, despite losing the Commanding Officer and well over one hundred other casualties, made good progress through the well-prepared German beach defences and pressed inland to capture Hermanville by 9 a.m. Over the next days the South Lancashires captured the villages of Plumetot, Cresserons and La Deliverande, and the enemy strongpoint known as ‘Trout’, and secured the famous Pegasus Bridge across the Orne.


The 1st Battalion went on to fight in Normandy in the Battle of Caen, the Bocage, Operation Goodwood, and the Battle of the Falaise Gap. During the advance into Belgium and Holland, it fought in the liberation of Antwerp, and during Operation Market Garden when if attempted to relieve the parachutists trapped at Arnhem and went on to fight around Overloon.


It was however during the advance into Germany that Mullins would go on to distinguish himself. The Allies crossed the Maas into Germany and began to clear the enemy from between that river and the Rhine. The South Lancashires had a grim struggle in the Hochwald, near Goch, on the 27th February, when they fought their way slowly forward against stubborn opposition and took many casualties. At the end of March 1st Battalion crossed the Rhine and began the final advance across the North German Plain. It took an active part in the battle for Bocholt, on 28th to 29th March, then moved through the eastern border areas of Holland, mopping up enemy stragglers. German defences were based on water obstacles. On 5th April the battalion were engaged at Lingen, on the Dortmund-Ems Canal, and mounted a successful attack at Delmenhorst during the operation to capture Bremen, which fell on 26th April.


It was during the operations immediately preceding the capture of Bremen, that Mullins, a Platoon Sergeant with ‘C’ Company, won his ‘immediate’ award of the Military Medal whilst in action on 18th April 1945.


The recommendation made on 25th April 1945 reads as follows: ‘On 18th April 1945 Sergeant F. Mullins, Platoon Sergeant of a Platoon in ‘C’ Company took command of his Platoon in the course of the battle on hi Platoon Commander being wounded. Shortly after this his Platoon in conjunction with a troop of tanks was ordered to seize and occupy a small bridgehead labour a blown in bridge in order to protect the main axis which was some 800 yards from the bridge. One attack on this bridge had been held up by heavy fire from several skilfully concealed enemy machine guns which were then subjected to our mortar fire. On Sergeant Mullins again leading his Platoon to the attack they were again heavily fired at by this machine guns which were most determinedly handled by the enemy. Sergeant Mullins displaying the greatest initiative and determination fought his platoon with help from the tank troop into positions and all but one of the enemy posts were silenced. He then led his platoon still under fire from on unlocated post forward to the lone of the stream forcing the enemy to withdraw. He found the stream passable by wading and immediately waded his platoon across it still under fire from enemy snipers. This skilful and determined crossing carried out by Sergeant Mullins established the bridgehead required and prisoners were captured. Throughout the course of this action, as also throughout the read of the days fighting, Sergeant Mullins was outstanding in initiative, personal courage and determination to close with the enemy. By his personal example, leadership and dash he inspired his platoon which under his command carries out this completely successful action against determined opposition in difficult circumstances.’
Mullins ‘immediate’ award of the Military Medal was published in the London Gazette for 23rd August 1945.