General Hobart then went onto form the 11th Armoured Division and the 79th Armoured Division. Harry Ross Sutherland, from the 18th Brigade of the Australian 7th Division, recounts his experience while deployed in the Libyan port of Tobruk in 1941. The 7th Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army that saw distinguished active service during World War II, where its exploits in the Western Desert Campaign gained it the Desert Rats nickname. Then came the Engineers, the Queens, the DLI and Devonshire's and representatives of all the other elements of this great Division, which had fought for so long and so far, through victory and defeat, right to the capital of its enemy. This series will cover four articles over the next few days focusing on: Strap in and make sure you are hydrated, the hot desert sun awaits! The garrison, commanded by Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, consisted of the 9th Division (20th, 24th, and 26th Brigades), the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division, along with four regiments of British artillery and some Indian troops. German panzers punch through the Allied lines and push the Allies back to Egypt. This they did on 21st July 1945, parading past Winston Churchill himself. The British mount a counter-attack, Operation Aberdeen on 5 June, but meets with disaster. The armored push suffers brutal casualties from anti-tank guns, but the offensive is successful. It served in North Africa in 1941–1942 as part of the 26th Brigade, which was assigned to the 7th Division, before being reassigned to the 9th Division. Controlling Tobruk is crucial . A significant part of Axis supplies never reach the frontlines, being destroyed by Royal Navy bombardment or Royal Air Force attacks. On 21 June 1942, 35,000 Eighth Army troops surrender at Tobruk, which is a crushing blow to the British. “Boxes”, which are strongpoints comprised of fixed groupings of infantry and supporting arms such as anti-tanks guns, ditches, anti-tank & anti-personnel mines, booby traps, barbed wire, are dug around the defensive lines. Commanders Page Artefacts and other information, Other Web sites and Books Site Map Information Wanted, Birth The equipment that this force had was recent vintage, with 11th Hussars operating in, The Division was reorganised into three brigades, with the arrival of 6th RTR, as the Light Armoured Brigade, the Heavy Armoured Brigade (although it was only equipped with Light Tanks and a few. Some of the regiments that served have been disbanded or merged over the years, but the Jerboa emblem is still worn proudly by the men of the 7th Armoured Brigade. This means that most resources are allocated to the newly created Eastern Front, leaving the Afrika Korps under-supplied, under-equipped and under-manned. over 74 years of existence there will no longer be a 7th Armoured Brigade in the By 7th Division (Australia) 9th Division (Australia) Siege of Tobruk Battle of North Borneo Huon Peninsula campaign. Tobruk was attacked on January 21 and fell next day, yielding 30,000 prisoners, 236 artillery pieces, and 37 tanks. The brigade was initially assigned to the 7th Division, but was later transferred to the 9th Division in early 1941. The 9th Division was commanded by Maj. Gen. Leslie J. Morshead. David Hanwell in the presence of On the third day, the British narrowly avoid disaster by withdrawing just ahead of a German encircling movement. of the Desert Rats (ITV Anglia News), 7th The Australian 6th Division capture Tobruk in January 1941. Although the operation gets off to a promising start, throwing the Axis high command into confusion, most of its early gains are lost to local counter-attacks, and with German reinforcements being rushed to the front the operation is called off after one day. In simple terms some of the Desert Rats (men from 7th A picture of the shoulder flashes can be found on the Memorabilia Brevity is intended to be a rapid blow against weak Axis front-line forces in the Sollum–Capuzzo–Bardia area of the border between Egypt and Libya. Brief History Of The British 7th Armoured Division, The British 7th Armoured Division is one of the most famous formations that ever served in the British Army. In the weeks that followed it fought its way across Germany, via the Teutoberger Wald to the River Weser, were fierce battles took place with fanatical SS and Hitler Jugend forces. officers from both the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades. It is probably the best natural port in northern Africa. In January 1941 Wynter became ill and was replaced as divisional commander by Leslie … The 9th Division was the fourth AIF division raised, being formed in … Division, namely 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, installed an additional plaque Its garrison, consisting mostly of the 9th Australian Division (which would later become known as the “Rats of Tobruk”) under Leslie Morshead, turns the harbor-city into a fortress to deny the port to the Axis while the WDF reorganises and prepares a counter-offensive. clip (Birth Divisional commander) saw a young local boy with Jerboa in his pocket. At its HQ in Berlin the Division erected a signpost showing its route to Berlin, which serves as a fitting statement of its achievements. Finally, after fierce battles in the suburbs of Hamburg, the Division accepted the surrender of the city on 3rd May 1945, moving into it the same afternoon. reorganisation of the British Army that the 7th Armoured Brigade, would cease to Main Engagements and campaigns page Equipment Page Organisation Page, Units Page Rule number one was that armies brought with them everything they needed. It is good to know that one of the first Brigades that served with the Division, but left it, now continues its heritage. Foottit (assisted by Rev. In 2014 an end of an era was announced by the MoD that as part of the The British Army had deployed small armoured car forces in the Western Desert of Egypt and Cyrenaica for many years, with the first ones operating in the Western Desert towards the end of the Great War. The 7th Armored Brigade, part of the 7th Armored Division of the Eighth Army, crossed the frontier wire from Egypt during the night of November 18. It was a badge that the Rat's wore with pride. The British WDF (Western Desert Force), under Sir Archibald Wavell, put that time to good use and amass soldiers, tanks and aircraft to mount Operation Compass, a five-day raid in December 1940. The 9th Division was the fourth AIF division raised, being formed in the United Kingdom in late 1940. Many good men had died in the process and many more wounded, but it had fought through adversity and success, from the heat of the Western Desert, through the mud of Italy, the killing fields of Normandy, through Belgium and Holland. Australians that were not Rats of Tobruk, but not all of the Desert Rats were Unit Patches during the Siege of Tobruk 1941 The only 2nd AIF Division present at Tobruk was the 9th Division. In overall command of the Tobruk defense was Maj. Gen. John Lavarack, former commander of the Australian 7th Division. For these reasons, the Second AIF possessed only one division, the 6th Division, for nearly a year. It initially had the 20th and 21st Australian Infantry Brigades, formed respectively in May and July 1940. Later on Winston Churchill addressed the men of the Division as the 'Winston' Club and his words can be found here. The 1st RTR had already served in the desert before, in 1936, so they had already built up considerable desert experience, but undoubtedly the most experienced unit in either the British or Italian armies was the 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars - "The Cherry Pickers". What would become the 70th Division originated with the 7th Infantry Division, which was formed in 1938 to serve in the British Mandate of Palestine during the Arab Revolt. disbanded in January 1957. The Second World War’s Battle of Britain is over, which resulted in the Axis’ failure to gain air supremacy over Britain and postponed an invasion of the British Isles indefinitely. For the first time in the war, a large German force fights on the defensive. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. within the Division. It was reformed in March Its men had proved themselves worthy of the hardy desert animal on their shoulders and vehicles and had been rewarded by parading through the enemy's capital in triumph! Australian casualties from the 9th Division from 8th April to 25th October numbered 749 killed, 1,996 wounded and 604 prisoners. In April 1940, it became clear that the Italians were moving troops upto the frontier wire near Sollum and so at the end of that month the Division began to deploy. Experience the pressure of providing on-demand close-air-support within your assigned "Kill Box" in the awesome F/A-26B. Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search & Rescue, IL-2 Desert Wings – Tobruk (Part 2) – I Don’t Like Sand. It was formed in the desert of North Africa just before the Second World War and fought in most of the major campaigns of the war, ending up in the heart of the Third Reich itself - Berlin. As is his pattern, Chuck has gone into a detailed deep-dive. signs as show here, which it was to use until the end of the war. The 7th Armoured Division then drove westward to isolate Tobruk until the Australians could mount an assault on that coastal fortress. This pretty much sums up the events that take place during Il-2 Desert Wings. The regiment, and the brigade, were attached to a number of different formations that included the 2nd Armoured Division, the [7th Armoured Division]], and the 9th Australian Division who they were with during the Siege of Tobruk. During the winter of 1938-39, the Mobile Division pulled itself together in Cairo and then in May 1939 it went to the Western Desert to put General Hobart's ideas into practice. The infantry are to attack in the area of Bardia, Sollum, Halfaya Pass and Fort Capuzzo, with the tanks guarding the southern flank. Rats of Tobruk and not all of the Rats of Tobruk were Desert Rats! On 27 November 1941, the New Zealanders finally reach Tobruk, relieving the exhausted garrison after a gruelling 9 months of siege. In its entire history it had only been in the United Kingdom for about six months. Indeed the Australians have a Rats of Tobruk Association, but the only true "Desert Rats" are the men who served in the 7th Armoured Division, whose shoulders or vehicles wore the Jerboa emblem. From the British side, after the failure of Battleaxe, Sir Archibald Wavell is replaced by Claude “The Auk” Auchinleck. Before we start talking about the “Wings” in “Desert Wings”, let’s explain the historical setting first. The Eighth Army comprised two Corps: XXX Corps and XIII Corps. He is to lead a relief force comprised of the Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK) and the Luftwaffe to regain the lost territory. The story of the Jerboa badge is told by Len Burritt on this video [22] Later a picture was produced for a design of desert rat (pictured below) which was approved by the Elsewhere some elements of the Division became involved with the efforts to clear up the Concentration Camp at Belsen, which had been liberated by 11th Armoured Division, fighting on the 7th Armoured right flank. badge, but now as the 4th Mechanized Brigade, since 2007. Tripoli is even further; 1,500 km to the west in Tripolitania. The first six badges were produced by Nurses and distributed among the men but the final accolade for this famous fighting force was to come. However, a pocket of resistance remains at Tobruk. The Eighth Army also includes the Tobruk garrison with the 32nd Army Tank Brigade, and the Australian 9th Division which (in late 1941), is in the process of being replaced by the British 70th Infantry Division and the Polish Carpathian Brigade. Later, when During this time the three brigades changed their names. Consisting of three infantry battalions – the 2/13th and 2/17th from New South Wales, and the 2/15th from Queensland – the brigade was initially assigned to the 7th Division. They had the purple diamond and were part of the 2/4th field company. Rev. On 7 December 1941 Rommel withdraws the Axis forces to the Gazala position and on 15 December orders a withdrawal to El Agheila. Suez and Egypt are under British control, while Libya (Cyrenaica, named after the ancient city of Cyrene) and Ethiopia are under Italian control. 1949 and served with the British Army On the Rhine (BAOR) until it was finally One of the lesser know battles of World War 2, fought by a small yet stubborn force of mostly Australians in the port city of Tobruk, in Libya. IL-2 Strumovik: Desert Wings – Tobruk moves the World War 2 flight sim Cliffs of Dover product from the skies over the English Channel during the Battle of Britain to the air war over Northern Africa. There was no such thing as living off the country. Initially it consisted of only two infantry brigades which had been formed in Australia and dispatched to the UK in order to defend against a possible invasion following the Fall of France—the 18th and 25th Brigades—under the command of Major General Henry Wynter. Spearheaded by the 7th Armored Division which would later become known as the “Desert Rats”, the forces under Major-General Richard O’Connor push the rest of the Italian 10th Army out of Egypt and capture the ports along the Libyan coast. Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) Memorial. above Left. The 7th Division was an infantry division of the Australian Army. The Western Desert Force is reorganized and renamed the Eighth Army under the command of Alan Cunningham (which is later replaced by Neil Ritchie). late 1944 and into early 1945 Division adopted the final of its three Division Tobruk has a strong, naturally protected deep harbour. On May 29, Rommel retreats to a defensive position abutting the British minefields called “the Cauldron”, which suffers numerous air attacks by the Royal Air Force. AWM Link to the Siege of Tobruk. At this time the Division Sign was as shown to the right. In the spring of 1941, Rommel leads Operation Sonnenblume (Sunflower). The garrison consisted of the 9th Division (20th, 24th, and 26th Brigades), the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division, along with four regiments of British artillery and some Indian troops. The total losses in the 9th Division and attached troops from 1st March to 15th December amounted to 832 killed, 2,177 wounded and 941 prisoners. The year is 1940. On June 15 1941, a more ambitious attack to lift the siege at Tobruk is conducted by the 7th Armoured Division and a composite infantry force based on the 4th Indian Division: Operation Battleaxe. Later, the 24th Brigadewas also assigned to the division. It was in fact Churchill who said ....."It will be enough for any man to say After the Munich Agreement, the division was formed in Egypt during 1938 as the Mobile Division and its first divisional commander was the tank theorist Major-General Sir Percy Hobart. Italian reinforcements are rushed to Libya to defend Tripoli. that he marched and fought with the Desert Army". Military operations begin in June 1940 with the Italian declaration of war and the Italian invasion of Egypt in September, which is dubbed Operazione E. The Italian 10th Army (10ª Armata) under Rodolfo Graziani gains initial success and rapidly overwhelms the British forces. These troops would become known as the Rats of Tobruk. On 10th June 1940, Italy entered the war, the 11th Hussars, who had been patrolling the border wire for months crossed it, to begin their war. After the war the Division continued to serve in Germany, but in January 1948 it was Logistics are the main challenge of the desert war, since basically everything has to be imported from the mainland: fuel, food, water, tanks, planes, guns, ammunition… which is the reason why Tobruk is so fiercely contested by both sides. The Desert War continues well into 1943 with Operation Torch and the Invasion of Morocco and Algeria by the U.S. forces, but this is a topic for another time. (which many were glad to do because of the stench of the dead in the rubble), They were supported by 3rd Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) of Divisional HQ. David Hanwell), during the Remembrance Day service that year, to the memory of the Division and those who served in it, giving the 'Desert Rats' a permanent War Memorial here in the UK. On 10th November 2002, the memorial was Dedicated by the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt. So after the 'Munich Crisis' in 1938, the British decided to strengthen their forces in Egypt to protect the vital link of the Suez Use of Arms Page Winners Australian troops of the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade of the 7th Australian Division, the 18th Indian Cavalry Regiment, the British 3rd Armoured Brigade and 4 artillery regiments. The 10th Indian Infantry Brigade and smaller units are dispersed and command breaks down. Guest writer Chuck Owl, celebrated author of the Chuck’s Guide series, is back with a comprehensive review of this IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover – Blitz add on. By mid April 1945, the Division was poised to move on Hamburg, but it had to fight its way all the way to the suburbs of the The Division was withdrawn to Syria to rest and re-equip, and was still there when it learned of the later surrender of Tobruk after Rommel's second strike eastwards in June 1942. The 4th Indian Division began the assault, assaulting the wire north of Sidi Omar, while Lieutenant-General William Gott’s 7th Armoured Division hooked north-west around the southern flank in three powerful tank columns heading towards Tobruk. Between the wars Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and eventually Ethiopia became under the control of Mussolini's expanding African Empire. It was formed in February 1940 to serve in World War II, as part of the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF). A quote by historian Stephen W. Sears wrote in his book “Desert War In North Africa” sums up why: Desert War imposed its own special rules. XIII Corps and the New Zealand Division made its flanking advance with 4th Armoured Brigade on its left and 7th Infantry Brigade of the 4th Indian Division … the Jerboa and carry on the traditions of the Desert Rats. With France being occupied and the Allies running out of manpower and material, the British desperately need to maintain control of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. In an effort to relieve the besieged garrison at Tobruk, Operation Crusader begins on November 18, 1941. The WDF is unable to continue beyond El Agheila, due to worn out vehicles and the diversion in March 1941 of the best-equipped units in Operation Lustre for the ill-fated Battle of Greece. Spearheaded by the 7th Armored Division which would later become known as the “Desert Rats”, the forces under Major-General Richard O’Connor push the rest of the Italian 10th Army out of Egypt and capture the ports along the Libyan coast. Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) Memorial. Germany sends its own Desert Fox: Erwin Rommel. city. However, the Italian army has to stop its advance and wait for supplies for more than two months. It is also fair to say the many a desert veteran has said, "I was a desert rat" as this became a general name for those who fought in the Western Desert. During this period 3rd RHA had been re-equipped with both 2-pdr and 37mm Bofors Anti-Tank Please click here to find out more about the location of 7th winter. It then had to fight its way right across Germany in the final bloody battles of the war, to Hamburg. In reserve, the Eighth Army has the South African 2nd Infantry Division, making a total equivalent of about seven divisions with 770 tanks (including many of the new Crusader Cruiser tanks, after which Operation Crusader is named. of the Desert Rats (ITV Anglia News)), which explains how of General Creagh (the page. Dedication of the plaque was conducted by Rev. Covered by rear guard actions at Er Regima and Mechili, the 9th Division reached Tobruk on 9 April 1941. Anthony In early 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and later took part in campaigns against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944 and Borneo in 1945, before being disbanded in 1946. Over the next few weeks some units moved onto Kiel Between April and August 1941 around 14,000 Australian soldiers were besieged in Tobruk by a German–Italian army commanded by General Erwin Rommel. On 21 January 1942, Panzerarmee Afrika begins Operation Theseus, which pushes the Eighth Army back to the Gazala Line, 60 kilometres west of Tobruk. XXX Corps is made up of 7th Armoured Division, the under-strength South African 1st Infantry Division with two brigades of the Sudan Defence Force and the independent 22nd Guards Brigade. This division then transferred to Egypt on the outbreak of the Second World War and soon … An afternoon counter-attack by the Ariete and 21st Panzer divisions and a 15th Panzer Division attack on the Knightsbridge Box overrun the tactical Headquarters of the two British divisions and the 9th Indian Infantry Brigade. This force consisted of the Cairo Cavalry Brigade, made up of three armoured regiments, the 7th, 8th and 11th Hussars and the 1st Royal Tank Regiment (RTR). This new sign is shown He was to have the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division, and several thousand British troops with artillery, tanks, and support units. Approval for the formation of the new division was granted on 28 February 1940 and on 4 April its first commanding officer, Major General John Lavarack, was appointed. The Axis forces eventually push further East to a railroad station near the sea called El Alamein, where they are driven back. The defenders would soon have four Australian brigades – the one left behind when the 9th Division moved west (20th Brigade), the two that had moved west (18th and 24th Australian Brigades) and were now retreating back to the port and a fourth that was being sent by sea (18th Brigade, 7th Australian Division). The Light Armoured became the 7th Armoured Brigade, the Heavy Armoured, the 4th Armoured Brigade and the Pivot Group became the Support Group, with the latter now also containing 2nd Bn, The Rifle Brigade. In June 1940, however, the 19th Brigade was replaced in the division by the After numerous losses in the assaults against Tobruk, the Germans are in no position to halt, much less counter, enemy action. Although Wavell initially planned to leave the 6th Division in Cyrenaica for defence, the 7th Division was still insufficiently trained and equipped. With Italy apparently not being keen to join Germany in all out war, field training began again, but the first blow to the Division fell when the war office relieve General Hobart of his command, having fallen out with the new G.O.C General Sir Henry Wilson. He was then left to serve his country as best he could as Corporal in the Home Guard until Winston Churchill recognised his talents. However, Rommel still has a card to play. The British attack began on 18 November 1941. The “Desert Rats” of the 7th were to be the armored fist of the attacking British forces trying to break the siege of Tobruk. German tanks attacked the Australian perimeter on 13 April and were thrown back with 17 tanks destroyed by British artillery. The 7th Division was the second division raised as part of the 2nd AIF following the outbreak of World War II. The 7th Armoured Brigade of the 7th Armoured Division advanced north-west towards Tobruk with 22nd Armoured Brigade to their left. Brevity comes at a time when Rommel is hard-pressed to repel it. and as Divisional troops, a company of Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and a Field Ambulance unit. On May 15 1941, a British offensive dubbed Operation Brevity is launched. During 1941 the 7th Armoured Division was involved in the following battles and campaigns. It is worth pointing out that the term 'Desert Rats' is often used to describe any soldier of the Desert Army or men that fought in Tobruk. RTR. It was this force that was to form the nucleus of the Division that was to follow. In … Engagements - 1941 . Operation Plunder, which took place in March 1945, with the eventual goal of capturing Hamburg. Much detail can be found throughout this website and within the reference material highlighted on the. of the Victoria Cross Divisional The 9th Indian Brigade, a reconnaissance regiment and four artillery regiments are lost and the British flee from the Gazala Line on 13 June, with only 70 operational tanks. Between November 1944 and the end of the war in August 1945, the Australian 6th Division, with air and naval support, fought the Imperial Japanese 18th Army in northern New Guinea. officers and men of the Division and this was then drawn up by Trooper Ken Hill of Called up to the army following the outbreak of hostilities in 1939, he commanded the 2/17th Battalion during the Siege of Tobruk. The British lose over half of their tanks on the first day and only one of three attacks succeed. In December 1939, Major General Michael Creagh took command, with it continuing its exercises and receiving better equipment, through out the roadworks in this area made it necessary to move the monument, so it was removed They were used to fend of attacks on the Egyptian frontier by Senussi tribesmen from Cyrenaica. Brigadier Adrian Bradshaw Commanding 7th Armoured Brigade and other senior The 2nd AIF and to also take place in the War, to Hamburg troops at... 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