Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Later in the day on the 25th day of the battle

While the 3rd RTR was preparing to move at 8am the next day, the other two regiments rejoined the 4th Armoured Brigade. Robert Crisp says that the brigade was almost back to the original strength that it had at the start of the Crusader Battle. While they were waiting, Robert realized that he was starting to itch, terribly. Nothing he could do would cause the itch to stop. When Dr. MacMillan rebandaged his foot, Robert asked him to check him. The doctor told him that he had crabs, and asked where he had encountered "the Bedouin girl". Robert realized that crabs must have come from the silk pajamas. The doctor informed Robert that they didn't have any blue ointment to apply and suggested he try applying gasoline. Robert tried it and was in intense pain, with the gasoline touching the sores in his skin. I believe that this all happened late on the 25th day of the battle. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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