The below is a list of updates and other notes that may be useful. What's New?
References to Poppy Appeal & Remembrance Day added. Then removed in mid December until next year.
Link to this site from Desert Rat Memorial Web Site added
Pictures of Fort Capuzzo, a Light Tank in the desert & a Morris Armoured Car added to artefacts page. Additionally, a link to the Artefacts page has been added to the main page.
Copy of "Tunis Telegraph" added to Artefacts page.
More pictures added to the Artefacts page, particularly of 4th South African Armoured Car Regiment and various ones of elements of the Division in Europe.
Example of 4th County of London Yeomanry badge added to Armoured Units page.
Picture of Matilda II in desert colours added to the Tanks page.
More information about the artillery regiments published. Many thanks to those of you who have helped with this.
Badge for 'D' Battery, RHA, added.
Links to Some El Alamein web sites removed as no longer valid.
Information about Morris CS series lorries, CDSW Gun Tractors and Light recovery vehicles added.
Information about the Wireless equipment used by the Division added.
Various pictures and maps reformatted to enable quicker loading and to save server space
Information on 51st Field Regiment RA updated.
Information of the British Army Regimental system, Order of Precedence and Structure added to the units page.
Information on the Austin K2 Ambulance and the Royal Army Medical Corps added.
More information on the organisation of the various Artillery regiments and batteries updated
60th Anniversary of El Alamein edition of main page available until 31st October 2002
References to Poppy Appeal & Remembrance Day added.
Armoured Regiments page updated with more information on 4th, 7th and 22nd Armoured Brigades.
Picture of 'CC' Battery, 5th Royal Horse Artillery, in Berlin October 1945, added to Artefacts Page.
Information on Royal Army Chaplains Department added.
Links to Queens Royal Hussars Page, War Diaries of 4th Hussars, and British Artillery in World War Two added.
|5/8/2003||Major update of the links to other websites completed. Link the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth, UK added.|
|8/10/2003||More information on DD (Jerboa) Battery, 4th RHA added, Aerial view of a Sexton II added.|
Picture of a 5th RHA Sexton in Europe added to Artefacts Page and new links to AFV
Interiors Website added to Other Websites page.
Information on 7th and 22nd Armoured Brigades updated
Additional information on the battles El Alamein and the Brigade Box added.
Regiment and Service histories of many Armoured and Infantry units that served in the
Division added and revised.
Links to other website revalidated and some new ones added. Picture of Fort Capuzzo updated.
|14/5/2004||Special page in honour of the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, added for a limited period, plus details of the 2004 Open Day an the Desert Rat Memorial.|
|9/6/2004||Many updates to the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy made and page re-published.|
|11/6/2004||Map of the battle of the Brigade Box added to Engagements in 1944 page|
|12/6/2004||Special page in honour of the 60th Anniversary of the engagement at Villers-Bocage, added for a limited period.|
|14/6/2004||Facsimile of DD (Jerboa) Battery Badge. Information on the actual colours most welcome.|
Badges and Crests for C, H, J, M, K, P and CC Batteries, Royal Horse Artillery, added,
along with more information on the history of many of the Artillery units.
Also badges and information for 4th South African Armoured Car Regiment added.
Information on 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry and 44th Reconnaissance Regiment
Order of Battle for Operation Battleaxe, June 1941 added.
|4/8/2004||Advance Notice; Please note that the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and the 60th Anniversary of the engagement at Villers-Bocage, pages will be removed from the site on or around 5th September 2004, as they are only 60th Anniversary editions. If anyone would like copies of these pages please let me know and I will email them one.|
Pages to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the
Battle of Normandy and the 60th Anniversary of
the engagement at Villers-Bocage removed.
Division TAC Sign used towards the end of the war added to History page, Extra information added on various units.
Information on BESA Machine Gun added to the Tanks Page.
|25/9/2004||New pages for Divisional Commanders and Winners of the Victoria Cross added, plus the site map has been updated. The Artefacts and Pictures page has been amended and additional pages added to make the use and maintenance of this area of the site much easier. It is likely that this area will grow greatly in the next few months.|
|23/10/2004||References to Poppy Appeal & Remembrance Day added.|
|14/11/2004||Links to AFV site removed as it has now ceased. Christmas card from CC Battery, 5 RHA added to Artefacts - Memorabilia page.|
|22/11/2004||5th RTR Memorial Service - Roll of Honour, added to the Artefacts - Memorabilia page.|
|29/1/2005||Information on the Comet Tank added to the Tanks Page. More details on the ammunition and range of the 25 pdr Howitzer added to the Artillery Page.|
|6/2/2005||Order of battle for November/December 1940 (Operation Compass), revised and more information on the engagements in 1940, added.|
|20/2/2005||Menu for the Anniversary Dinner for CC Battery, 5th RHA on 19th November 1943, in Sorrento added to the Artefacts - Memorabilia page.|
Plaque and Letter from the Town Ghent added to the Memorabilia
page and a picture of the woodcut which was used to produce the Divisional
Flash added to the History Page. Information on
which batteries were equipped with Tank Destroyers in 65th Anti-Tank Regiment
(Norfolk Yeomanry) added to Artillery
Information regarding Royal Horse Artillery of 102nd Anti-Tank Regiment (Northumberland Hussars) also added to Artillery Organisation page.
Important Notice: Space
on a second Website is now being used to allow expansion as the information
available is now growing. To the user this should appear seamless, with just
another url appearing in the top box.
Also this has allowed archive commemoration files to be posted again for reference too. These are for 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and the 60th Anniversary of the engagement at Villers-Bocage. Please go via the Archives page to access them.
|20/4/2005||Badge for I Battery, RHA added and a coloured version of the Badge for DD (Jerboa) Battery, 4th RHA, also added to the Artillery Organisation Page.|
|06/8/2005||Badge of 131st Queen's Lorried Infantry Brigade added to the Infantry Organisation page.|
The TAC Signs of 4th Armoured and 7th Armoured Brigades used on the Armoured Units Page. New website created to provide information on the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, after they left 7th Armoured Division. A central web page to link the two websites together has also be created called The History of the British 7th Armoured Division, plus the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades - "The Desert Rats, The Black Rats and Green Jerboa".
VE day and Berlin Victory Parade 60th Anniversary page now added to the Archives page and all archive commemoration pages added to the site map. This means that all 60th Anniversary Special pages are now available on the web for future reference
|6/9/2005||Information of some of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and The Rifle Brigade battalions updated on Infantry Organisation page|
More information on the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and The Rifle Brigade
battalions updated on Infantry
and the information on 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Regt. RA, added to the Artillery
Extra items added to the Memorabilia page
Winston Churchill's address to 8th Army HQ on 3rd February 1943, added to the Engagements 1943 page.
|28/9/2005||Information on 0.30" Browning Machine Gun (used in US supplied British tanks) added to Tanks Page|
|10/10/2005||Information on the Museum for 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment updated on Artillery Organisation Page.|
Extensive re-working of the site completed, with the style of website updated to only use real TAC signs on the headers of each
page, instead of the reverse one currently used, plus much, much else as
Information on Armoured Bulldozers and Sherman Bulldozer tanks added to the Other Units Equipment Page and to the Tanks Page respectively. Also on the latter more information on Sherman variants, plus many better pictures of the other Tanks have been updated, too.
Information on the M16 Quad 0.5" AA Half Track (Motor Gun Carriage) added to Artillery Equipment Page.
More detailed pictures of the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle and another picture of a Loyd carrier added to the Infantry Equipment Page. Information on the Morris CS9 Armoured Car, the Marmon-Herrington Armoured Car. Staghound Armoured Car and the Humber Armoured Cars updated, plus new information on Humber Scout Cars, White Scout Car and Vickers K gun updated or added to the Armoured Cars Page.
|18/11/2005||Many new pictures added to the Artefacts pages showing more of the different units that served in the Division and its time in the Desert, Italy and Northern Europe. Additional pictures also added to the VE Day and Victory Parade Page.|
|25/11/2005||The History of 'B' Battery, RHA and more information on A, E, L and N Batteries, plus 1st RHA added to the Artillery Units page.|
|9/12/2005||History of 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars updated on the Armoured Regiments Page and the Regiments (4th Hussars) War Diaries made available, along with a summary of links to other War Diaries and Units Histories in the War Diaries Section of the site. Web links from Armoured Regiments Page also updated.|
|19/12/2005||Information added on the difference between Royal Engineer Field Squadrons and Field Park Squadrons, on Engineers Page.|
|6/1/2006||Order of Battle for June 1940 added to the Divisional Organisation Page. Link to the History of DD (Jerboa) Battery RHA added to the War Diaries Section of the site and the Artillery Organisation Page.|
|11/1/2006||Some errors to the History of DD (Jerboa) Battery RHA corrected and Artillery Organisation Page updated after changes to some of the links to other sites.|
|24/1/2006||Tanks Page updated to amend information on the Challenger and Cromwell tanks.|
|29/1/2006||Picture of Humber Scout Car MKIIIa added to the Armoured Cars Page|
|30/1/2006||Additional pictures added to the Desert Years and Italy and Northern Europe Artefacts pages|
|3/2/2006||New page created to allow email address to be hidden from the "Spam engines".|
|10/2/2006||Updated information of 1/7th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment added to the Infantry Units Page. Corps of Military Police information added to the Other Units Page.|
|19/4/2006||Information on Wasp Flame-Thrower carrier added to Infantry Equipment page and for the 20mm Breda AA Gun added to the Artillery Equipment Page. Also Equipment Used By The 7th Armoured Division Page references updated. Information on 106th RHA (Lancashire Hussars) update on Artillery units page.|
|21/4/2006||Information of Armoured Command Vehicles added to the Other Equipment Page.|
|9/5/2006||List of units that served in the Desert Rats page updated to correct error about 2nd RHA not being referenced and Divisional Organisation page updated to correct errors.|
|23/5/2006||Link to Multimap UK added to History Page, to show location of the 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) Memorial, near Mundford, Norfolk.|
|12/6/2006||New picture of 8th Hussars Stuart Tanks on the desert added to the Artefacts - The Desert Years page. New picture showing the words on the plaque on the memorial added to the History page.|
|06/07/2006||Decorations won by 2nd Bn. The Rifle Brigade at Snipe added to the Infantry Units page.|
|31/07/2006||Books and other Websites page updated with new links on BBC Peoples War site, relevant to the story of the 7th Armoured Division|
|2/8/2006||Information of 1/6th Queen's Royal Regiment update on Infantry page, relating to the loss of 'D' Company, at Livarot, 1944.|
|18/8/2006||Information on 3rd and 4th County of London Yeomanry updated on the Armoured Units page. Also information on 97th (Kent Yeomanry) Field Regt RA, 102nd Anti-Tank Regiment (Northumberland Hussars) RHA and the RHA Batteries updated on the Artillery Units Page.|
|1/9/2006||Link to new Desert Rats Memorial Association Website provided, replacing link to old site. Information on the Middlesex Yeomanry, which provided most of the Divisional Signals, added to the Other Units Page.|
The Artillery Units page has been updated with
more information on 4th and 5th Regiments RHA, plus CC and DD Batteries RHA
and the War Diaries of CC Battery
RHA are now available.
New War Diary Reference page for War Diaries and Unit Histories, relevant to the 7th Armoured Division added.
|15/9/2006||Cap Badge of 4th County of London Yeomanry added to the Armoured Regiments page. The Information Wanted page has also been updated|
|18/9/2006||Information on 24th Field Regiment, RA, added to the Artillery units page. Order of Battles page updated and now includes information on the Divisional Organisation for the final stages of the North African campaign, plus other updates.|
|22/9/2006||Update of many Regimental Badges completed|
|8/12/2006||Updated Engagement pages for 1940 and 1941 published, along with related updates to the History and Engagements pages. Information on the RASC and RAOC updated on the Other Units Page.|
|15/12/2006||Information on C and CC Batteries, Royal Horse Artillery updated on the Artillery Units page.|
|29/1/2007||Information on New Zealand Army Service Corps added to Other Units Page.|
|5/2/2007||Information on Cromwell AOP and Command Tanks added to the Tanks Page.|
|1/3/2007||Revised information for 1st LAA and 15th (IOM) LAA Regiments published on the Artillery Units page.|
The Artefacts pages have been updated to show more pictures of 4th South African Armoured Car Regiment, 1st LAA Regiment and 15th (IOM) LAA Regiment, plus many other new photographs and memorabilia, with the latter including letters from Montgomery and Eisenhower to the troops.
Also the Archive pages have been moved, but access to them should not be effected.
|14/3/2007||Updated badges for the Royal Artillery and Norfolk Yeomanry added to the Artillery Units page. Correct badge for the Army Dental Corps added to the Other Units Page.|
|25/4/2007||Information on 106th Royal Horse Artillery (Lancashire Hussars) updated on the Artillery Units page.|
|23/7/2007||New pictures of 11th Hussars added|
|24/7/2007||More pictures of the Berlin Victory Parade added.|
|27/7/2007||Link to the list of the locations of the units of the Division while they were in the UK prior to the invasion of Normandy added to the Engagements 1944 page and the Divisional Organisation and Order of Battle Page.|
|18/9/2007||New picture of 18 pdr Field Gun on MK4P Carriage has replaced previous 18 pdr picture, (on the Artillery Equipment Page) as the new one is more representative of the type of weapon used.|
|3010/2007||Updated information on the Cheshire Regiment and information on the Intelligence Corps added to the Other Units Page.|
|21/11/2007||Information on No. 2 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force, added to the Armoured Units Page.|
|4/12/2007||Badge of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps added to the Other Units page.|
|17/1/2008||More information of Counter Mortar Radar added to the Artillery Equipment page. More pictures of 3rd and 5th RHA added to the Men of the Desert Rats page.|
|5/3/2008||Information on more of the types of lorries in use by the Division added to the Other Equipment Page.|
|1/4/2008||New photographs of Divisional HQ and 22nd Armoured Brigade HQ added to the Men of the Desert Rats, The Desert Years and Italy and Northern Europe pages.|
|3/4/2008||New page showing some of what the Desert Rats witnessed in Berlin 1945 added to the site.|
|1/9/2008||New page showing pre-war life in Egypt added to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the Mobile Division in 1938, that later became the 7th Armoured Division.|
|8/5/2009||Links for the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy added to the site.|
|15/6/2009||New pictures of CC Battery, 5th RHA added to the Men of the Desert Rats page.|
|1/9/2009||With Battle of Normandy ending at the end of August 1944 the links for the 65th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy have been removed.|
|7/5/2010||The Poem "The Graves at Mersa Matruh" added to the Desert Years page|
|10/2/2011||Pictures of K Battery, 5th Royal Horse Artillery from 1942 and 1945 added to the Men of the Desert Rats page.|
|4/7/2011||Divisional Order of Battles page, Units page and Engineers page updated, following new information on REME units being received.|
|26/7/2011||More pictures of K Battery, 5th Royal Horse Artillery added to the Men of the Desert Rats page.|
|14/3/2011||Pictures of the Divisional Memorial in Villers-Bocage added to Villers-Bocage page. Link to the Google Maps images of the Villers-Bocage memorial added to the Engagements in 1944 page.|
|15/11/2011||Commemoration Main Page for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Crusader and the Battles of Sidi Rezegh added.|
|15/5/2012||Picture of 'Wingy' Renton' and additional information added to the Divisional Commanders Page|
|30/7/2012||New website created due to the closure of the original Freehosting website by the ISP. This is linked to the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades site and the Desert Rats Association sites.|
|1/8/2012||New Memorabilia published and new photographs added to the The Desert Years and The Men of the Desert Rats pages.|
|3/8/2012||New photographs of 3rd RHA and 8th Hussars added to The Men of the Desert Rats page.|
|30/10/2012||New photographs added to the Berlin Victory Parade page. Additional information on the role of the RASC in the Division added to the Other Units page.|
|22/1/2013||List of Brigade Commanders for 22nd Armoured Brigade, add to Armoured Units page|
|2/8/2013||Entries for May 1944 added to the War Diary of CC Battery 1944, Royal Horse Artillery, after records found misfiled in that of G Battery (Mercer's Troop) for same month and year.|
|4/7/2014||Video links added to the Tanks, Armoured Cars, Infantry, Artillery and Other Equipment pages to provide more information to readers of the website.|
|13/1/2015||Note about the disbandment of the 7th Armoured Brigade and the creation of the 7th Infantry Brigade added to the History page.|
|30/9/2015||Many pictures now have a description added next to the image due to changes in browser options, which prevent the text being displayed when a mouse is hovered over the picture.|
|25/1/2016||New photographs added to the Berlin Victory Parade page and the The Men of the Desert Rats page for 5th RHA. Story behind the creation of the Desert Rat badge updated on the History page.|
|27/1/2016||Embedded videos updated, due to some no longer being available.|
|1/6/2016||Images of remarkable homemade Christmas Card for 1944 added to the Memorabilia page.|
|3/6/2016||War Diaries of 'G' Battery (Mercer's Troop) Royal Horse Artillery (covering the period from January 1944 to June 1945) added to War Diaries section.|
|11/3/2017||War Diaries of 'G' Battery (Mercer's Troop) Royal Horse Artillery updated to cover January 1944 to June 1946.|
|15/3/2017||War Diaries of 5th Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (covering the period from January to April; December 1944 and July to December 1945) added to War Diaries section.|
|25/3/2017||War Diaries of 3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (covering 1943 and the months of January and June 1944) added to War Diaries section. N.B. Further months of 1944 will be added when available.|
|8/4/2017||War Diaries of 'D' Battery Royal Horse Artillery and 'M' Battery Royal Horse Artillery for 1944 and 1945 added to War Diaries section.|
|28/7/2017||Photograph of the Memorial in the Chapel at RMA Sandhurst, to Major-General John 'Jock' Campbell added to the Memorabilia page.|
|30/10/2017||A remarkable set of photographs of G Bty (Mercer's Troop) RHA added to Men of the Desert Rats page|
|31/10/2017||Two more photographs of G Bty (Mercer's Troop) RHA added to Men of the Desert Rats page|
|2/11/2017||Copy of 'CC' Calling Magazine had been added to the Memorabilia page|
|15/02/2018||War Dairies of 4th Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery and 'C' Battery, Royal Horse Artillery for 1941 added to War Diaries section.|
|29/03/2018||War Diaries of 'J' Battery Royal Horse Artillery for 1944 and 1945 added to War Diaries section.|
|11/04/2018||War Diaries of 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars for 1944 and 1945 added to War Diaries section.|
|18/04/2018||The remainder of the War Diaries for 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars for 1939 to 1945 have been in the War Diaries section. NB. There are still some Appendices that need to be added when time permits.|
|23/04/2018||Additional years for the War Diaries for 'G' Battery (Mercer's Troop) Royal Horse Artillery have been added for 1939, 1940 and 1941.|
|01/05/2018||War Diaries of 'D' Battery Royal Horse Artillery for 1939 and 1940 added to to War Diaries section.|
|02/05/2018||War Diaries of 'M' Battery Royal Horse Artillery for 1939 and 1940 added to War Diaries section.|
|26/06/2018||War Diaries of 'P' Battery (Dragon Troop) Royal Horse Artillery for 1939 and 1940 added to War Diaries section.|
|07/06/2018||War Diaries of 'J' Battery Royal Horse Artillery for 1939, 1941 and 1942 added to War Diaries section. Please note several months are missing, but this is all I have found so far.|
|23/07/2018||Information about the use of the Codename Mayfly or Mayflies for the M10 17 pdr Achilles Tank Destroyer added to the Artillery equipment page and also on on how the Batteries of 65th Anti-Tank Regiment (Norfolk Yeomanry) were equipped before Normandy on the Artillery Organisation Page.|
|05/02/2019||Links from Normandy Anniversary page updated.|
|27/02/2019||Missing Diaries for December 1944 added to the War Diaries for 'G' Battery (Mercer's Troop) Royal Horse Artillery.|
|05/08/2019||War Diaries of 'C' Battery Royal Horse Artillery updated for 1940 and 1941 in War Diaries section.|
|03/02/2020||War Diaries of F (Sphinx) Battery, Royal Horse Artillery added for November 1941 to January 1942 and March to September 1942 and in the war Diaries of 'J' Battery Royal Horse Artillery, additional months covering their time in Tobruk at the start of the siege in April to July 1941 and been added to the War Diaries section.|
|05/02/2020||War Diaries of 'D' Battery Royal Horse Artillery updated to include entries for 1941 in the War Diaries section.|
|07/02/2020||War Diaries of 'M' Battery Royal Horse Artillery updated to include entries for 1941 in the War Diaries section.|
|13/02/2020||War Diaries for 'G' Battery (Mercer's Troop) Royal Horse Artillery updated to include entries for 1942 (less some Appendices, at present) in the War Diaries section|
|11/03/2020||War Diaries of 'K' Battery Royal Horse Artillery for 1940 and 1942 to 1945 have now been added to the War Diaries section.|
|01/04/2020||War Diaries of 'M' Battery Royal Horse Artillery updated to include additional dates for December 1944 in the War Diaries section|
|03/04/2020||War Diaries of 5th Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery updated to include the Diaries for 1939 in the War Diaries section.|
|06/04/2020||War Diaries of 3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery updated to include the Diaries for 1939 in War Diaries section.|
|16/10/2020||War Diaries of 21, 621 and 210 Field Squadrons, Royal Engineers added to the War Diaries section. NB. The Diaries for 1946 are yet to be transcribed.|
|14/01/2021||War Diaries of 'G' Battery (Mercer's Troop) Royal Horse Artillery for 1942 updated to include Appendices in the War Diaries section.|
|22/01/2021||War Diaries of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery for 1944, added (less some Appendices at present) to the War Diaries section.|
|27/01/2021||War Diaries of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery for 1944, updated to include most of Appendices for September 1944, which include the Nominal Rolls for the Regiment and its Battery's for the Normandy Landings in the War Diaries section.|
|23/02/2021||War Diaries of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery for 1940, added (less some Appendices at present) to the War Diaries section.|
|24/02/2021||War Diaries of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery for 1940, updated to include the Appendices for September 1940 to the War Diaries section.|
|22/03/2021||War Diaries of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery for 1941, added (less some Appendices at present) to the War Diaries section.|
|22/03/2021||War Diaries of 'J' Battery Royal Horse Artillery, updated to include September 1941 to the War Diaries section.|
|01/04/2021||War Diaries of 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery for 1941, updated to include most of the Appendices for the year in the War Diaries section.|
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