Sunday, April 22, 2007

The wounded Robert Crisp on "the last day"

Robert Crisp was headed back towards the 4th Armoured Brigade, after he was severely wounded. They lied to him about Harry Maegraith, but Robert guessed that he was dead. In fact, Harry had been killed by the same round that had wounded Robert. Robert's gunner cradled Robert's head while they drove. He told Robert that the medical officer, Doctor MacMillan was driving towards them in an armoured car. Robert realized that he had a chance of living, after thinking he was dying. Still, he was in extreme pain. He could feel the pain from the wound on the left side of his head. He heard a vehicle drive up, but it was just the "petrol lorry", to refuel the Stuart. Robert could hear Doctor MacMillan's voice. His driver, Whaley, told Robert "You'll be O.K. now, sir". The doctor decided that they had to take Robert out "through the front". They got him out through the flap onto a stretcher, and he was relieved to be able to straighten his legs. Robert said: "Hell's bells, Mac, it feels as though my bloody ear's been torn off". The doctor replied: " the least of your troubles". This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots.

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