Britain - cloth shoulder patch of the 'Desert Rats' - the British 7th Armoured Division, 1940-45. The division was formed in February 1940 in the zone of the Libyan-Egyptian frontier, and fought against the Italians and the Germans (the 'Afrika Korps') in the North-African campaign of 1940-43 - including the battles at Sidi Barrani, Tobruk and El Alamein. Following its capture of Tunis, in 1943, the division was transferred to England where it participated in the Normandy landings in June 1944.
The division fought into Belgium and the Netherlands; in March 1945 it crossed the Rhine into Germany, and ended the war capturing Hamburg and helping to liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The division continued to serve in Germany after the war; it was disbanded in January 1948 and reformed again in 1949 to be part of the British Army on the Rhine (BAOR), but was finally disbanded in 1957. A lovely badge from a military unit with so much glory.
מילות מפתח: מיליטריה מיליטאריה סמלי סמל כובע ברט סיכות סיכה יחידות יחידה שירות דרגה דרגות תג תגיות זרוע אגף חיל מלהע"ם 1 2 צבא בריטי