Winning control of North Africa has always been seen as a turning point in the Second World War. The Battle of El-Alamein in Egypt in 1942 was won by the 7th Armoured Division or 'Desert Rats' as they became known. 74 years on and five of the remaining ten veterans returned to Thetford Forest, where they trained before the D-Day landings, to remember their fallen comrades.

"My late father used to say that half of them had been driven mad by the sun because they'd been out there since 1938. But they had learned hard tactics, they'd learnt the hard reality of war in the desert"

Ian Paterson, Desert Rats Association

The Desert rats insignia has now passed on to 7th Infantry Brigade

See Kate Prout's report here