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7th Armoured Division (Desert Rat) was a British armoured division which saw service during the Second World War where its exploits made it famous.

The division was formed after the Munich crisis in Egypt during 1938 as the Mobile Division (Egypt) and its first divisional commander was the acclaimed tank theorist Major-General Sir Percy Hobart. During January 1940 the name was changed to the 7th Armoured Division. It was during this period that the nickname Desert Rats was coined.

The division fought in every major battle during the North African Campaign; later it would land and fight in Sicily and Italy before being withdrawn to the United Kingdom where it prepared to fight in North West Europe. It began landing in Normandy during the afternoon of June 6 and fought its way across Europe ending the war in Kiel and Hamburg, Germany. The 7th Armoured Brigade was detached from the division during early 1942 and fought the Japanese during the fighting in Burma before it returned to Mediterranean Theater and fought in Italy.

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