Thursday, March 22, 2007
6 December 1941
As the day progressed, Robert Crisp had pulled the stuck Volkswagen staff car out of the sand and had his troop corporal escort the Germans to the 3rd RTR HQ. Right after that, he saw some armoured cars, which proved to be from the 6th SA Armoured Car Regiment. They told Robert that some Germans ran through their unit, and the South Africans had knocked out two German tanks. Late in the day, the 3rd RTR was sent to support a Jock column which was expecting a German tank attack. The attack never happened, but night had fallen before the 3rd RTR could head for camp, which happened by 10pm. The 3rd RTR commander told Robert to tank his troop out at "first light" to watch for the replenishment column. They headed off early, and near sunrise, they had reached the Sidi Rezegh escarpment. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.