1939 - 1945
7th Armoured Division
From El Alamein to Berlin
North Africa - Italy - Thetford Forest - France - Belgium - Holland
The 7th Armoured Division was stationed in Thetford Forest between January and May 1944 while they
prepared for the invasion of Normandy. This was the only time the division was in the United Kingdom in
it's entire existence. The division sailed from Felixstowe on the 5th June 1944 with the first tanks landing
on Gold beach on the evening of 6 June 1944.
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.
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To the Glory of God
and in the memory of all those who
'The Desert Rats'
1945 - 2003
'Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always' - Psalm 105 v4
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The Desert Rats Association
70th Anniversary Commemoration
The Battle of Normandy
'All of One Company'
We owe our freedom to these men