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7th Armoured Brigade

7th Armoured Brigade was raised as part of the newly formed 7th Armoured Division from garrison troops stationed in North Africa in 1938. The Brigade is currently the lead formation of troops in Task Force Helmand, Afghanistan. It took over from 1st Mechanized Brigade on 10 October 2013.

Historical information

In the early part of the Second World War the Brigade fought in the North African campaigns against the Germans and Italians (1940 to 1941). This culminated in 'Operation Crusader' during late 1941, in which the 7th Armoured Brigade was involved in bitter fighting at Sidi Rezegh (November 20 to 27 1941) - an action which the Brigade Headquarters commemorates to this day.

In 1942 7th Armoured Brigade was moved to Burma - it arrived at Rangoon in the February and was involved in the retreat through Burma to India during that year. It moved back to the Middle East in 1943 and was stationed in Iraq and Egypt before moving to Italy in May 1944. The Brigade fought in Italy as part of the Canadian Corps for the rest of the war.

The end of the Second World War found 7th Armoured Brigade based in northern Italy as part of the occupying forces. In 1947 the Brigade moved to Germany - it has been based there ever since. Its present location is Hohne Garrison, to the north of Hannover.

Desert Rats

The Brigade still wears the famous 'Desert Rat' flash on its uniform - this originates from the North African campaign when the 7th Armoured Division adopted the insignia and nickname of the 'Desert Rats'. In 1959 the 7th Armoured Division was disbanded, but the history and name was carried on by the 7th Armoured Brigade.