Sunday, April 15, 2007
The final chapter of Brazen Chariots is ominously called "The Last Day"
We are now up to the last chapter of Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots. The last chapter is called "The Last Day". No wonder that Robert had a great deal of forboding leading up to the "last day". They woke Robert right before 5am. He got up and went to the battalion headquarters to see the Colonel. The Colonel, the 3rd RTR commander, was just washing. They walked out and were taken to see Alec Gatehouse, 4th Armoured Brigade commander an "his brigade major, David Silvertop". Robert heard Alec Gatehouse mention the dreaded words "reconnaissance in force". Robert's C Squadron, a Royal Dragoons squadron, and a troop of 2pdr guns on portees would conduct the operation to attempt to relieve the pressure on the Indian division. Robert's squadron was to be the force in the reconnaissance. They arranged the details of where they would drive and they agreed that they would start at 6:30am. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.