WWII Major Who Single-Handedly Destroyed Enemy Tanks With a PIAT
By | February 2, 2017
Major Robert Henry Cain grew up on the Isle of Man and joined the Honourable Artillery Company in 1928. He was given an emergency commission into the Army in 1940 and was transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1942. He joined the 2nd Battalion, part of the British 1st Airborne Division. He saw action during the Invasion of Sicily in 1943 and again during the Battle of Arnhem the following year.
During the battle Major Cain's company was closely engaged with enemy tanks, self-propelled guns and infantry. Cain continually exposed himself to danger while leading his men and personally dispatched as much enemy armour as possible. Despite sustaining several injuries he refused medical attention and for his gallantry he was awarded the Victoria Cross.