Monday, January 08, 2007
The 3rd RTR reformed in the evening of the seventh day
As the dispersed Stuarts rejoined the 3rd RTR, the organized into troops and squadrons. Once the process was completed, they formed a column behind the battalion commander, for the trip to their leaguer area. As they were waiting, three Germans walked out of the dim light and surrendered to Robert Crisp. They had the long coat that seemed to be standard German issue in the desert. Robert motioned the Germans to climb on board his tank. They did so, and rode on the back of the Stuart. One German was kind enough to give his long coat to Robert. He guessed that they might be Italians, but when he tried to speak to them, the one told him he was Deutsch, with the Afrika Korps. As they drove, they could see many Very lights in the sky. They seemed to be in all directions, indicating the large number of German troops present. As they had settled down, after having some German chocolate, Robert was summoned for a talk with the Colonel. That was when they learned of Rommel's famous "dash to the wire". This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.