Britainís armored corps
spin and twist through Wilderís Gap
to end the desert war
Wilder's Gap, Tunisia | March 1943
Wilder's Gap, Tunisia
Fox Edwards and I were transporting a wounded German soldier with a broken leg. He was in great pain, so we had to go slowly. We fell behind our unit and were overtaken by the speeding, churning, and rumbling vehicles of the 10th Corps Armored Division. All medical units were on the move, so there was no place to leave him. His condition looked pretty bad. During a brief stop, I recognized our friends from a New Zealand hospital unit traveling on a track parallel to ours. I went over to get medical advice, but when I got back our whole convoy had moved on, including Fox with our patient and, of course, all of my kit. The Kiwis took good care of me for a few days while all units were on the move. Finally, the 12th Light Field Ambulance (LFA), to which we were assigned, stopped near El Hamma and set up its hospital tents. There I found Fox, who had at last been able to deliver our patient for medical care. We worked night and day bringing in and caring for hundreds of seriously wounded and burned soldiers (mostly German tank men) who had been surprised by the attack.