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WALK | March the historic woodland Desert Rats Trail | Norfolk

The Desert Rat Trail
The Desert Rat Trail

Follow the trail around the former Desert Rats base from 1944 before they ventured to the Normandy beaches and beyond

Take a wander around this Desert Rats Trail within Thetford Forest in Norfolk

Take a moment to reflect on the contribution of the men from the Desert Rats in World War Two

The trail makes its way around the old training base

Of the 7th Armoured Division
Of the 7th Armoured Division

"...the insights into the Desert Rats training in World War Two here..."

Description |

This is a chance to follow a trail around the former training base for the Desert Rats regiment from World War Two, marked in its place in Thetford Forest by a tank. Park and follow way-marked interpretation panels as it meanders around in a 2 mile circuit.

This is a commemoration to the Desert Rats. A regiment that was set up in 1938 after the Munich Agreement in Egypt as the Mobile Division; subsequently being renamed the 7th Armoured Division. Their nickname was the Desert Rats - for the Jerboa red flash they wore on their uniform.

The Desert Rats fought most of the North African campaign in World War Two, the Italian campaign before being withdrawn for D-Day and the fight across Europe. The trail takes you on an easy guide around the fomer site.

The memorial at the opening is a Mark IV Cromwell Tank, a replica of 'Little Audrey' of 5 Able, B Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment which fought at D-Day in northern France.  

And if time allows, take a close look at the little tank which winds its way around the old training camp amongst the woodland...

Directions and Map |

Find the little tank on the edge of the woodland off the A1065 north of Ickborough in Norfolk

Longitude: 0.672333

Latitude: 52.538435

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