The pair were no sooner into a ditch when a Panther came toward them, firing all the way. Smith waited until the 45-tonne vehicle was less than 10 metres away before he jumped out from his cover, laid down and fired back.
He scored a direct hit, disabling the tank.
“I hit it in the side or the track,” said Smith. “A tank is pretty hard to hit. Sometimes the round would just bounce off it.
“I could see it face-on.”
Immediately, 10 German Panzergrenadier troops jumped off and charged him.
“I killed four of them with my tommy gun. That scared them off.”