British Tank Crew Uniform- North Africa (1940-1941)
The 7th Queens Own Hussars regiment had been converted to tanks in 1937 and subsequently been trained in Cairo giving them a reasonable advantage. Although they might have thought that they were misplaced in Egypt, when Italy entered the war on 10 June 1940, that thought quickly slipped their mind. They formed part of the 7th Armoured Brigade in the 7th Armoured Divisionand were joined by the 8th and the 11th Hussars. On 14 June 1940 the 7th Hussars, with a company of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and a battery of 4th Royal Horse artillery captured Fort Capuzzo, while the 11th Hussars captured La Maddalena. They took part in the Battle of Sidi Barrani in December 1940 and at the Battle of Bardia in January 1941. Hitler created the Afrika Korps under the command of General Erwin Rommel to re-inforce the Italians: in April 1941, the allied troops in Tobruk were cut off by the Germans and Italians but in June 1941 the 7th Armoured Division was again prepared for battle as part of Operation Battleaxe, having received new tanks and additional personnel.Rommel then started to push the Allies back into Egypt. The regiment helped delay Rommel’s advance although the commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Freddie Byass and many others were killed at the Battle of Sidi Rezegh in November 1941.
This costume hire consists of the following;
KD Shirt, long sleeve- KD Slacks- Army lightweight Jumper- Black Ammo Boots with Canvas Leggings- 1937 pattern web belt- Tank Crew leg Holster- Officers Service Cap with 7th Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge. There are optional pieces of equipment that can be added to this costume. 1937 pattern Map Case- Binoculars- Waterbottle
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