Thursday, February 15, 2007
The action on the 11th day continued
Robert Crisp and his squadron were in a fight with 10 German tanks. They had just knocked out a Pzkw II and saw the driver bail out. Suddenly, a Stuart was hit on the sprocket and was disables. The crew bailed out and hid behind the tank. Robert motioned for them to run over, but they stayed behind the tank. Brigade doctrine forbade picking up crews, but Robert wanted to get them, anyway. They were a good distance away, about 200 yards. The action continued and Robert was sure that his tank had taken a number of hits. They were still outnumbered by the Germans. He could see the 4th Armoured Brigade HQ, several miles away. Robert's squadron was being pressed hard, so they gradually backed towards the HQ. Fortunately, the Germans did not press them. Robert could see a Pzkw IV pick up the crew of the knocked out Stuart. After a few more minutes, the Germans withdrew. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.