You are Here - Thetford Forest- Suffolk
Posted by: Norfolk12
N 52° 32.292 E 000° 40.302
31U E 342096 N 5823448
Quick Description: A small granite cairn with information on area.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/21/2012 4:01:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMENZ8
A area used in training for the Desert Rats during the second world war.
the information boards take you around the various sites where
The 7th Armoured Division, better known as "The Desert Rats" were stationed in Thetford Forest between January and May 1944 while they prepared for the invasion of Normandy.
This was the only time the division was in the United Kingdom in its entire existence. The Division sailed from Felixstowe on the 5 June 1944 with the first tanks landing on Gold Beach on the evening of 6th June 1944.
Winston Churchill said of the Desert Rats, "May your glory ever shine, May your laurels never fade, May the memory of this glorious pilgrimage of war you have made from Alamein, via the Baltic to Berlin never die. It is a march unsurpassed through all the story of war. May the fathers long tell the children about this tale." (From the Plaque on the Memorial).
The Memorial to the Desert Rats - Little Audrey a restored Tank
Location Name: Thetford Forest
A photo of either you or your GPS at the site is welcomed but not required.
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