Sunday, April 01, 2007

In the night between the 23rd and 24th days of the battle

Late on the 23rd day of the Crusader Battle, the 3rd RTR received seven new tanks. The crews would be arriving during the night. The men felt a great relief, knowing that the action had slowed and they would not be under constant threat of death, for now. They were even allowed to brew tea, before nightfall. A reorganization was underway, with the replacements. Robert would now command C Squadron, with the three squadrons each having 12 Stuarts. Harry Maegraith had received a package of food from Australia, and at dawn, Robert Crisp and Harry moved off together to share the package. The relaxation was interrupted by the sound of an air raid, and AA guns firing. Suddenly, the heard something coming towards them. They hit the ground and then heard the "thump" of something hitting. When they looked up, the others were laughing. Robert was not laughing, becuase a spent AA round had only missed him by two feet. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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