Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The new men start off for their first action of the Crusader Battle

Still on the tenth day of the Crusader Battle, Robert Crisp instructed the new men in his squadron to follow his tank and in the initial run up to the ridge line, to stay turret down. They needed to maintain surprise before they attacked the transport. Robert had divided his 10 tank squadron into troops of three tanks. He appointed Harry Maegraith as commander of one of them. The 4th Armoured Brigade and 22nd Armoured Brigade tanks spread out along the ridge line, overlooking the Trigh Cappuzo. The 22nd Armoured Brigade, with their Crusaders, would hit the head of the column. The 4th Armoured Brigade would hit further back. The 4th Armoured Brigade, at this stage, may have just had the 3rd RTR and the 5th RTR. As they looked over the ridge, there was a very large column of transport, and there was a great amount of dust in the air, reducing visibility. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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