Saturday, April 21, 2007
The attack on the last day
The decision had been made to attack the four German tanks on the way to attack the German rear at Gazala. The Germans didn't try to fight, but fled, but two were apparently knocked out in the initial fight. The fight brought the Germn line to life, and the tank men could see the Germans furiously reacting to their assault. They could see the command vehicle go over the ridge, seeking cover. Guns were being repositioned so as to be able to fire at Robert Crisp's squadron. They could see nine or ten Pzkw IVs move into position and start firing HE at them, at long range. Robert saw a Stuart disabled by a 75mm HE round and bail out. It was Harry Maegraith and his crew. Robert headed for them and picked them up. Robert ordered his driver to turn left and suddenly, he was hit in the head and nearly blacked out. Robert thought he was dying. When Robert woke, his gunner told him that they were on the way back to meet the medical officer. Captain Joly had taken over command of C Squadron after Robert had been incapacitated. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.