The famous British armored (tank) force the Desert Rats are no more.
As a division, having fought against Rommel and the Afrika Korps in WWII—as depicted in many movies, documentaries, and television shows—and then being reorganized as a brigade in the early Cold War, the unit, in the end consisting of about 600 men, had its final parade this week, in Germany where it's been stationed. It is being absorbed into the 7th Infantry Brigade.
A 96-year-old Desert Rat veteran, Len Burritt, took part in the ceremony in Bergen, Germany.
The downsizing of HM Armed Forces and the consolidation of units has been a decades-long process accelerated by the end of the Cold War and economic constraints.
This week it was also announced that the British military reserves will begin accepting recruits over the age of 50 for certain roles.
Image (click for full-size version), "Brigadier James Woodham receives the flag of 7th Armoured Brigade from Len Burritt, the first Desert Rat of the 7th Armoured Division."