Monday, March 19, 2007

Shot at from El Gubi

The 4th Armoured Brigade had run up to the Trigh Cappuzzo, and then the C Squadron from the 3rd RTR had sent west to find the enemy artillery. They found more than they had bargained for, as Robert Crisp's tank was hit by anti-tank fire. He had started to shoot his machine guns at the anti-tank gun, when his gunner was injured by a hit. At that Robert ordered his driver to reverse as quickly as possible, and get them out of range. Robert radioed ahead for medical attention for the gunner. He saw the other tanks in the troop backing out as he had taught them, and was pleased that the new men had learned from him. Robert and Whaley inspected the tank, looking for the hits. In one case, there was a 37mm shot, embedded in the armour. The armour protection had held. In another case, there was a small, round hole into the tank. They realized that a rivet had been hit and had been melted and gone into the tank. That was what had wounded the gunner. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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