Wednesday, March 21, 2007

On the 18th day, and after

The 18th day (5 December 1941) was pivotal. The new style of camping was liked. The 4th Armoured Brigade still did not understand that the battle had shifted dramatically. They were were just dealing with their own concerns. Doc MacMillan was concerned that Robert Crisp's wounded foot was still bleeding. The doctor threatened to send Robert to the rear, if they didn't succeed in stopping the bleeding. Doctor MacMillan finished rebandaging Robert's foot in time to catch the "9 o'clock B.B.C. news". They were an hour later, where they were in Libya. They were up early on 6 December. Robert says that the 6th was the 19th day of the battle. They were ordered to move out, with the 3rd RTR in the lead. They were headed just north of due west. The other two squadrons contacted thirty tanks. Robert guessed that they were Italian, as they quickly withdrew. Suddenly, a Volkswagen was seen headed for them. As soon as the Germans saw Robert's tank, they stopped and raised their hands in surrender. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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