Friday, March 02, 2007

Moving north on the 12th day

The 4th Armoured Brigade was ordered to push north by 2pm on the 12th day of the Crusader Battle. As they drove through an area filled with burnt and wrecked tanks, guns, and other vehicles, Robert Crisp recognized this as the site of the Totensonntag battle, about 7 days before. As the brigade drove north, the 3rd RTR was positioned on the right side. The left side of the brigade was where all the action was, as they fought tanks from the Ariete Division moving to join the Germans. Robert says that between 3 and 6pm, that the tanks were sent off north, south, and west. He says that the only reason that they were not sent east was that there was no British infantry nearby. Robert's tank never fired a shot, or even saw anything at which to shoot. At night, the brigade retired to a leaguer, after an interminably long drive. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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