Thursday, January 25, 2007
Down the ravine
Robert Crisp's driver had just barely averted disaster, at the edge of a steep ravine. Robert looked down and was amazed at what he saw. Immediately below was an overturned German halftrack motorcycle, presumably a Kettenkrad, or perhaps a regular motorcycle and sidecar with a track instead of a wheel. There were three German soldiers with their arms raised in surrender. Further down the hill were a variety of vehicles, some upright and some on their side or top. Those still upright were racing away. As Robert watched "a great lorry went plunging down the escarpment out of control". Robert ordered his gunner to fire down the slope. Suddenly, there was a loud "bang" and Robert was suddenly "drenched from head to foot". He realized that the water on the back of the tank had taken a hit. He saw a gun flash, and got scared, because there were some 50mm PAK38's emplaced and aiming at him. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.