Friday, February 09, 2007
The start of the 11th day of the Crusader Battle
Robert Crisp's damaged tank was taken away in the night, and they had brought in tanks, crews, and supplies. He was apparently still in charge of C Squadron, the 3rd RTR. The C Squadron strength had been restored to five tanks, since the replacements had arrived. On the morning of the 11th Day, C Squadron, with Robert in charge and with Harry Maegraith in support, headed back to the Trigh Capuzzo. They reached the crest of the escarpment and surveyed the view. There were only tracks and no men or vehicles to be seen. Robert decided that they were west of the previous day's battle. As he considered what to do, his C.O. radioed him, recalling the squadron. As they drove back, he saw some Stuarts circling some trenches. He could see the mounds of dirt that had been formed from digging. The Stuarts proved to be from the 5th RTR, also in the 4th Armoured Brigade. Robert found some frightened German infantrymen in the trenches. He motioned them to get out and then gave them to the 5th RTR men. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.