Saturday, April 07, 2007

Robert Crisp was starting to be afraid

Robert Crisp says that during the period of days 23 to 28 of the Crusader Battle, he felt afraid, as he sensed that he had ceased to be invulnerable to injury. Up to the, like George Washington, he felt that he could not be harmed, which gave him a special edge over the enemy. That afternoon, they watched a Ju87 attack on the supply convoy coming to replenish the 4th Armoured Brigade. In this forward position, they had moved beyond the range of fighter cover. The lack of air cover reminded Robert of their experience in Greece, operating under German air superiority ("the bad old days"). Soon, a vehicle with ammunition exploded. Robert left the evening meeting with the 3rd RTR commander in an unhappy mood. He still had crabs, as the gasoline seemed to have not gotten rid of them. His foot was still was bleeding, although slowly, so that he noticed it when he walked. The 3rd RTR commander, a Colonel, would report to the brigade commander for a meeting at 7:30am, the next morning. Robert thought that whatever was planned would be so bad, that the more senior officers did not want them to know until the time had arrived to move. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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