The History of the British 7th Armoured Division
"The Desert Rats"
This website is dedicated to all those who served in this unit and proudly wore the Jerboa shoulder flash. Its aim is to provide a point of reference for those who might be interested in the history of this division, the various regiments that served in it and the many actions it fought.
As far as I know the information is as accurate as possible, but I welcome any corrections or amendments, along with any information that may be useful to the site. The site does not seek to glorify war, but rather to record the history and events of what is one of the most famous organisations that served in the British Army.
The site is divided into the following areas, which may contain other several pages.
|Use of Arms|
|Winners of Victoria Cross from the Division|
|Commemoration Pages (60th Anniversaries of the Normandy Landings, Villers-Bocage, VE Day and the Berlin Victory Parade, plus 70th Anniversary of the creation of the Mobile Division)|
|War Diaries References|
|4th and 7th Armoured Brigade Website|
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This site is a member of and affiliated to the Desert Rat Association.
If you wish to visit the officialDesert Rat Memorial Web Site
Finally these words appear on the Division Memorial;
"May your glory ever shine, May your laurels never fade, May the memory of this glorious pilgrimage of war you have made from Alamein, via the Baltic to Berlin never die. It is a march unsurpassed through all the story of war.
May the fathers long tell the children about this tale."
If you wish to read the more of text ofChurchill's Speech
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Click for to see pictures of the 7th Armoured Division after VE Day and later taking part in the Victory Parade on 21st July 1945. This includes some exclusive photographs from the day and the text of Winston Churchill's announcement of the end of the War in Europe.