Saturday, January 27, 2007
Robert Crisp was still feeling the effects of almost being killed, along with his crew
Still on the tenth day of the Crusader Battle, Robert Crisp and his tank crew were going to be safe, and be able to withdraw. Robert was still feeling the effects of almost being killed by the German anti-tank guns. He was relieved that his gunner was not badly wounded, and shouted at him to calm down. Robert now wondered what had happened to the rest of C Squadron, as they were "chugging along casually through the deserted silence of the ravine". As they got to the top of the hill, he saw four burning Stuarts from his squadron and three immobilized. He could also see the German anti-tank gunners waiting for new prey. The Germans were herding the surviving tank crews who had been taken prisoner. Robert wondered if he might be able to charge the anti-tank guns, take them by surprise, and release the prisoners. Without a gunner to fire the Browning machine gun, that seemed unlikely to succeed. Robert was just as glad to decide to not make the attack. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.