Artefacts - Memorabilia

 

 

The purpose of this page is to provide a source of memorabilia of items (both pictures and other items) relating to the general history of the Division and those who served in it. It will change as and when items are available to be added to it. Please be patient as one or two pictures may take a little while to load.

 

First Issue of the Tunis Telegraph, 10th May 1943

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The original is an A3 document, which has seen better days. When time allows I will endeavour to provide a better copy for this site.

Front Page:

Top Section of Front Page Tunis Telegraph May 1943

Lower Section of Front Page Tunis Telegraph May 1943

Note: The little X (above) was added by my father as it refers to his regiment, 5th RHA.

Back Page:

Top section of Back Page Tunis Telegraph May 1943

Lower section of Back Page Tunis Telegraph May 1943

 

 

Two Type Cartoon from the desert years.

A typical Two Types Cartoon typifying the Desert Army in general

"The bint from the Sweet Melody promised she would write"
The cartoons of Jon's Two types came to typify the desert army, with their eccentric dress code. The suede boots, corduroy  trousers, silk scarves, sheepskin coats and many other variations, all did have a practical side! While the sheepskin coats kept out the bitter cold of a desert night, the scarves would help protect against sand storms. Much could easily be obtained in the shops and bazaars of Cairo, or from the battlefield itself as the Italian's discarded much as they retreated at various times. Even after leaving the sand and heat of the desert, and the rain of Italy, the Desert Rats still retained their 'unique' dress sense and did not always stick to the regulation King's uniform!

NB. Incidentally the word 'Bint' probably entered the British language through the Army as it is from the Arabic for Daughter.

Two Type Cartoon from the Italy.

The Two Types 'attitude' to the Italian weather!

Two Types get de-mobilised.

The Two Types finally return to 'civy street' with typical Desert mentality!

 

Memorial in the Chapel at the Staff College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to Major-General John 'Jock' Campbell,

 

Letters to the 8th Army from General Montgomery, during the North African Campaign 1942 to 1943

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November 1942

Christmas 1942

January 1943

March 1943

Second one from March 1943

May 1943

Letter to the 8th Army from General Montgomery, October 1943

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Letter to 8th Army from Gen Montgomery on the first anniversary of El Alamein.

 

Messages from Montgomery and Eisenhower about the Normandy Landings. 

All three pictures below are all courtesy of the Manx Aviation & Military Museum/Museum of the Manx Regiment. (Please click on them for larger versions)

 

Message to the troops from Montgomery

Message to the troops from Eisenhower

Message to the troops D-Day June 1944

 

Letter from Commander of 30 Corps, during the Normandy Campaign.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

 

European and Desert shoulder flashes

The familiar European Shoulder Flashes of the Desert Rats

A North African Shoulder Flash.

Plaque and Letter from the Town and Citizens of Ghent in thanks for its liberation

Plaque presented to 7th Armoured Division from the Town of Ghent

Letter to 7th Armoured Division from the Town of Ghent

 

Homemade Christmas Card for 1944, made by Patrick Samuel Yates, courtesy of his daughter Jan Fergin.

 

Divisional Christmas Card 1944

Front of Divisional Christmas Card from 1944. Courtesy of Alf and Ray Parish.

 

Back for Divisional Christmas Card, 1944.  Courtesy of Alf and Ray Parish.

CC Battery, 5 RHA Christmas Card 1944

Front of Christmas Card from CC Battery, 5th RHA, 1944. BLA stands for British Liberation Army

Inside of Christmas Card from CC Battery, 5th RHA, 1944, showing RHA Badge and CC Battery crest.

Menu for CC Battery, 5th RHA, Anniversary Dinner, in Sorrento, Italy on 19th November 1943.

CC Battery, 5 RHA, Anniversary Dinner Menu, 19th November 1943

5th RTR Memorial Service 24th June 1945

5th RTR Memorial Service - 24th June 1945

 

Divisional Sign Post In Berlin 1945

Sign Post outside Divisional HQ in Germany 1945, showing the engagements fought by the Division

 

Cartoon from the day after the Victory Parade and Winston Churchill opened the 'Winston Club' in Berlin

Cartoon published on 24th July 1945.

Cartoon published on 24th July 1945.

 

21st Army Group Non Fraternisation Orders

Courtesy of Dave Sturt

Courtesy of Dave Sturt

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Letter 4 courtesy of Les Darby (4th Armd Bde Ordnance Field Park RAOC) via his son Graham Darby.

 

British Second Army Thanksgiving Service

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

Courtesy of Donovan DeAntiquis (Queen's Royal Regt) and his Daughter Jenny Goodman.

 

Divisional HQ mementoes of a meal in the Sergeant's Mess, November 1945.

From Sgt E Webster, courtesy Roger Fogg

Menu card is signed by all there including the Divisional Commander Major-General Lyne.

 

Thank you note from Montgomery and 21st Army Group, to those being demobbed after the war

Card given to men leaving the Army after the end of the war. Courtesy of Garry Walker

 

This is the pack my father brought home when he left the 7th Armoured Division, containing a small booklet with a note from Major-General Lyne and some photographs as part of it.

A warning about the local water

From the 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium

The Divisional Signpost

A warning about the local water

From the 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium

The Divisional Signpost

A hull down Panther tank in Berlin, with a Russian sign behind it.

An abandoned Panther tank, probably somewhere in Berlin

A hull down Panther tank in Berlin, with a Russian sign behind it.

An abandoned Panther tank, probably somewhere in Berlin

 

A Map showing the Divisions travels from Egypt.

 

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