The History of the British 7th Armoured Division, plus the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades

"The Desert Rats, The Black Rats and Green Jerboa"



This website is dedicated to all those who served in these units and proudly wore the Desert Rat shoulder flashes and to those who then wore the Black Rat and Green Jerboa shoulder flashes, after leaving the 7th Armoured Division. The aim of this site is to provide a point of reference for those who might be interested in the history of the Desert Rats and the two Brigades after they left it and the various regiments that served in the many actions they all 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. This site does not seek to glorify war, but rather to record the history and events of what are some 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.
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Click on the appropriate Brigade or Divisional Sign, below, to go to the website of your choice

TAC Sign of 4th Amoured Brigade, the Black Rats, from 1943 to 1945. Click here to go to the 4th Armoured Brigade website.

TAC Sign of 7th Amoured Division, 1940 to 1944. Click here to go to the 7th Armoured Division website.

TAC Sign of 7th Amoured Brigade, the Green Jerboa, from 1942 to 1945. Click here to go to the 7th Armoured Brigade website.

4th Armoured Brigade

7th Armoured Division

7th Armoured Brigade

Desert Rats Association Desert Rats Museum

1940s D-Day Dinner and Dance

The Desert Rats Association, in support of the 7th Armoured Division Memorial Fund (Registered No. 1063575 under the Charities Act of 1960), is proud to announce that on 6th April  2019, it will be holding a 1940's style Dinner and Dance to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy in 1994, at Lynford Hall, Hotel, Mundford, Norfolk, where the Association has negotiated special room rates for the event.



Grand County House Hotel Dinner and Dance

1940's Theme Dinner and Dance, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, in aid of the Charity we support. Please come and join us for a 1940's Theme Dinner and Dance to commemorate the links between the famous Desert Rats and Norfolk (which still exist), who were based nearby before sailing for the beaches of Normandy to take part in the momentous events of 1944. You will be able to enjoy the splendour of a wonderful Country House, which was also part of the story of D-Day, itself.

The evenings entertainment consists of:-Description: Picture

  • Three course meal, with tea/coffee afterwards.

  • Entertainment from the Swingtime Sweethearts

  • DJ AndyV8 and the AV8 period disco,

  • Piper,

  • Tombola,  

  • 50:50 Raffle

  • More entertainment and other attractions to be announced.

Period or Smart Dress, please.

Just a few points of note Winking smile

                     Can any pilots please park their 'kites' on the front lawn!

                     Tanks welcome, but please do not mess up the grass (too much)!

                     Please park your Jeeps carefully!

However you get there, (by tank, plane, parachute, staff car, jeep, etc), please join us for a great evening out.

Price 44.00 per person

Start time 6.30pm for 7.00pm, with Carriages or Staff Cars at 0.59 am.

Saturday, 6th April 2019.

NB. Tickets in advance only please, as they will not available for sale on the door.

Full Details of the event and how to book available here.



There is a permanent memorial to the 7th Armoured Division (shown below) at Mundford, in Thetford Forest, Norfolk, by Field Marshall Lord Carver.

The Desert Rat Memorial, in Thetford Forest, near Mundford, Norfolk. Please click here to go to the Desert Rat Association site.

Also on this memorial is this plaque (shown below) to the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, who are the successors to the 7th Armoured Division.

Plaque to the Memory of those who served in 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades after the end of the Second World War.


If you wish to visit the official Desert Rats Association Web Site

This site is a member of and affiliated to the Desert Rat Association.

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 ."

Winston Churchill

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