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Brigade history

7th Infantry Brigade was formed as part of the Army 2020 review. On 8th December 2014 7th Armoured Brigade ‘The Desert Rats’ was re-designated 7th Infantry Brigade, retaining the Desert Rats identity and traditions, including the motto 'Floreat Jerboa' (Let the Desert Rats flourish). On 16th February 2015, 7th Infantry Brigade and merged with 49 (East) Brigade to form 7th Infantry Brigade and Headquarter East.

Brigadier Jonny Bourne, Commander 7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East, said: "We, the newly formed 7th Infantry Brigade and HQ East, feel honoured to have the responsibility of being the custodians of the combined histories of 49 (East) Brigade and 7th Armoured Brigade.

"At a point in time when the global situation is as precarious as it has ever been in recent years, and the challenges facing our Army demand that we evolve, we are taking this new Brigade into a role that is profoundly relevant to the needs of our nation, at home and abroad.

"The famous Desert Rats emblem has always been worn with pride. We consider ourselves privileged to be entitled to wear it now and are determined to make our mark in this, the next chapter of the celebrated history of the Desert Rats.

It is our intention, from the outset, to take forward a unique ethos and build it into the new 7th Infantry Brigade and HQ east. The spirit lives on in us – Regular soldiers, Reservists and civilians. Floreat Jerboa."