At one point the Desert Rats
had Basra surrounded to prevent enemy forces fleeing to regroup elsewhere.
n 7th Armoured Brigade - the Desert Rats
including the Irish Guards and 3rd Royal Horse Artillery: Providing protection for main force travelling through desert towards Baghdad.
Also in the mix: desert rats
, middle-age duffers, high school cruisers down from the Valley, health nuts and German tourists in Birkenstocks, French ones with chic handbags (the men, of course); buzz-cut Latino toughs in white undershirts and pants about 12 sizes too big, Rastafarians, tie-dyed retro-hippies, and assorted stragglers and miscreants that defy description.
Among those backing our campaign are PM Gordon Brown and Major Gen Patrick Cordingley, who led the Desert Rats
against Saddam Hussein.
He explained:"The Desert Rats
have to understand what's going on here and take time to do that and then go for the right solution.
tank commander Sgt Steven Roberts, 33, was shot through the chest during a riot in Al Zubayr, near Basra, three days after the war began.
News of the deaths come after British forces took control of large swathes of the city following a lightning strike involving Desert Rats
and Royal Marines.
A popular uprising erupted in Basra, prompting the Desert Rats
to go to their aid, journalists with British forces on the edge of the city said.
But Saddam's forces in turn faced the might of the Desert Rats
, who bombarded their positions while trying not to injure civilians.
Tanks, troop carriers and infantrymen from the 7th Armoured Brigade - the famous Desert Rats
- poured into south eastern Iraq at 1.
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has sent in 26,000 troops,including detachments of Paras and Desert Rats
along with 4,000 Commandos.
Mr Hoon was making a statement to MPs in the Commons this afternoon, telling them that the 7th Armoured Brigade, known as the Desert Rats
, and 16 Air Assault Brigade are set to deploy to the region.