Kendrew soldiers take part in parade for The Desert Rats
Second Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment on parade
Over 130 soldiers representing the Brigade’s six units, including the Kendrew Barracks based soldiers, were on parade in front of an audience of invited guests and dignitaries.
The parade included a Drum Head Service led by the Rev Philip Bosher, the Brigade Senior Chaplain. Music was provided by the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps.
The Brigade was formed this year from the merger of 7 Armoured Brigade and 49 (East) Brigade as part of the structural changes made under Army 2020.
In the past six-months, the Brigade has delivered the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment to Afghanistan on Op Toral, whilst concurrently providing training teams to Mali and Nigeria.
Next month will see a Company of soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment deploy for a three-month tour of the Falkland Islands.
The Brigade is also charged with supporting and commanding regional military contributions to resilience operations, such as flood relief efforts.
It is also the Regional Point of Command responsible for a further 3,000 personnel across the East Midlands and East Anglia and has command responsibilities for the Army Cadet Forces in the region.
Members of 7 Infantry Brigade and Headquarters East are easily identifiable by the ‘Desert Rat’ insignia. The Brigade history has direct lineage to 7 Armoured Brigade and 7th Armoured Division who were formed in the deserts of Africa in 1940 and have since served all over the world.
The Desert Rat flash originates from the North African campaign when 7th Armoured Division adopted the insignia and nickname of “The Desert Rats”.
Following the parade, the guests were invited to visit the Brigade’s static equipment display.