Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Later on the "last day"

The commander of the 3rd RTR informed Robert Crisp, late on "the last day", that they were planning on sending Robert back to the Nile delta on a plane. That was at least what they had hoped to do. In the event, that was not to be. Robert asked, again, about Harry Maegraith. They just said "He's all right. Don't you worry about him" (he had died from the round that wounded Robert). The next morning, Doctor MacMillan checked on Robert and found that he was able to converse intelligently. "Doc" broke the news that they couldn't arrange a plane. He was to go the rear with the "B Echelon". He was to ride for fifty miles in the ambulance, only able to sit up. He could neither lay on his left side nor his right side. The bad news was that sitting up made him sick to his stomache. That was even worse. Robert could hear the radial engines of the Stuarts being started as he waited. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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