Thursday, March 15, 2007

The 3rd RTR is built back up in strength

The 3rd RTR was at Bir Berraneb for two days (perhaps the 15th and 16th days of the battle). Fresh troops and tanks brought the 3rd RTR to 40 tanks. Robert Crisp now became second-in-command of C Squadron, with an experienced soldier, a former Sergeant Major who was commissioned, as the squadron commander. They were briefed on the immediate plans, which were for the 4th Armoured Brigade to assist an Indian brigade and infantry tanks in taking El Gubi and northward. The 4th Armoured Brigade was to move to a position between El Gubi and El Adem. They were to protect the infantry from attack by Axis armoured forces. While they spent the day, sitting their, C Squadron, 3rd RTR was on the northern edge. Robert took off to look around to see what might be nearby. Robert saw a large number of tanks and vehicles headed east from Sidi Rezegh. Robert contacted his CO, but was told to sit and watch. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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