The History of the British 7th Armoured Division

Divisional sign 1940 to end 1944

Divisional sign for 1945

"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.

History of the Division

Engagements fought by the Division

Divisional Organisations

Regiments that served with the Division

Equipment used by the units

Links to other web sites

Information wanted

Site Map

Churchill's Speech

Artefacts and other information

Notice Board

Use of Arms
Divisional Commanders
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 official Desert 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 ."

Winston Churchill

If you wish to read the more of text of Churchill's Speech

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1940s 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 14th October 2017, it will be holding a 1940's style Dinner and Dance to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, at Lynford Hall, Hotel, Mundford, Norfolk, where the Association has negotiated special room rates for the event.



1940's Theme Dinner and Dance, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, in aid of the Charity we support and to help raise funds towards the cost of planning and then  moving a Memorial for the Desert Rats from the Staff College of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to the National Arboretum, Staffordshire, and expanding the memorial to commemorate modern day Desert Rats.

The evenings entertainment consists of:-Description: Picture

Period or Smart Dress, please.

Price £35.00 (£30.00 for Association members - max 2)

Start time 7.00pm for 7.30pm, with Carriages at midnight.

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.



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