Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The 3rd RTR attacks

The 4th and 22nd Armoured Brigades paused on the ridge. Robert Crisp reported to his Colonel that his C Squadron was ready to attack. The C.O. of the 3rd RTR told them that Alec Gatehouse sent a message "Go like hell and good luck". After the C.O. signed off, the Stuarts started to slowly move. Robert Crisp told his driver to increase speed and told his gunner to load the two guns. The rest of C Squadron could be seen to each side, as they raced down the incline to the Trigh Capuzzo. Only whent the tanks were halfway down the hill did the Germans notice them. The column scattered in the opposite direction from the attack. Robert's plan was to run past the vehicles, turn, and start shooting. Instead, the ground dropped away. The driver saw the danger about the same time and tried to stop. They succeed, just barely, stopping before going over the edge. Only the front sprocket wheels protruded over the drop. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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