Monday, January 22, 2007
After Alec Gatehouse's briefing on the tenth day of the Crusader Battle
Robert Crisp left Alec Gatehouse's briefing on the tenth day of the Crusader Battle with the impression that the Germans had suffered in their rush to the frontier. Robert wasn't ready to believe that the Germans were beaten yet. When he returned to C Squadron, Robert found that the new crews and tanks had arrived. One young man had just arrived in North Africa seven days before. Robert instructed the new officer to stay close to him in action and gave him a few basic survival tips. Robert must have done so, hoping that the young man would remember some of what he had told him. Robert started to talk to the new arrivals about movement in formation, when he was called to an urgent meeting with his CO. They were to move directly into combat, never even having driven together. The 4th Armoured Brigade was to head for the Trigh Capuzzo to support the 22nd Armoured Brigade in an attack on about 2,000 Axis transport. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.