Tuesday, February 06, 2007
The doctor examined Robert Crisp
After Robert had spoken with his commanding officer (for the 3rd RTR), Dr. MacMillan examined him. He found that Robert had a marble-sized piece of metal that was stuck into his big toe. He treated that and then asked to examine Robert's head. He carefully went through his hair and extracted small fragments from his head. While he was doing the examination, Robert was thinking about the lost men from his squadron. At one point, he went into shock, and broke down. Robert finally washed in cold water and had the basin poured over his head. He started to recover at that point. Robert heard that his gunner had only flesh wounds and would recover. Robert went back to his tank to be with his crew. Men from the HQ were talking with Whaley, the driver, and examining Robert's tank. There were six holes in the armour. Robert heard that the missing squadron had rejoined the battalion, after many days. They were about to be sent out for another attack. Robert was presented with a decision. They didn't have a gunner, but Robert decided to go with them. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.