Saturday, April 14, 2007
Later on the 28th day of the Crusader Battle
Robert Crisp, late on the 28th day of the Crusader Battle, had an opportunity to be sent to the rear. Dr. MacMillan was very concerned about the fact that Robert's foot would not heal, and continued to bleed. Robert told the doctor that if the foot was still a problem by the next night, he would go back for attention. Later, he saw the orders for the next day's operations. The orders were that tanks of C Squadron would receive all available fuel. Apparently, they would be the only part of the 3rd RTR involved in whatever was planned for the next day. An NCO woke Robert, but it was only 11pm. He informed Robert that he was to report to the "command car at 0515 hours tomorrow" with the battalion commander. The colonel asked if Robert would pick him up at 5am. Robert asked to be woke 15 minutes before that. The fateful last day of Brazen Chariots was set. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.