Thursday, April 19, 2007

The plan of attack on the "last day"

On the "last day" of Brazen Chariots, the plan of attack for Robert Crisp's C Squadron was to swing north, behind the German lines and then race at full speed, firing at the enemy until they reached the northern edge of the German lines at Gazala, and then turn left and escape. The idea was that the Germans were all pointing their guns towards the Indian division, and that they would have to turn them around to be in a position to shoot at the speeding Stuarts. Robert figured that this sort of reckless attack was the sort of thing that was so sudden, that they had a good chance of pulling it off. Before they started, Robert noticed four tanks very close to them. One was a Pzkw III and the rest appeared to be Pzkw IVs. A minute or two later, the squadron accelerated to high speed and attacked. Robert asked that they take out the German tanks on the way. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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