Thursday, February 01, 2007

After he lost his squadron on the tenth day

After he had escaped, Robert Crisp wondered what he might be able to do. He stood up and waved his beret, hoping that a survivor might make a break for his tank. Instead, he heard bullets whiz by and then heard the machine gun fire. He gave up and told Whaley, his driver, to head back to the battalion. They drove back through the ravine which became shallower as they proceeded. They were finally dumped onto the plateau. Robert looked at his watch and saw that only 17 minutes had elapsed since they had attacked. He saw a Stuart in the distance and they drove in that direction. He was surprised, when they got close, that the commander was his friend Harry Maegraith. Harry explained that they had a blocked fuel line and had been stopped. Harry inquired as to how the attack had played out. Robert was sobbing as he finished telling the story of the attack. He asked Harry where the other tanks had been, and Harry explained that they had held back and just watched as his squadron had attacked and been decimated. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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