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desert rat

n
1. (Animals) a jerboa, Jaculus orientalis, inhabiting the deserts of N Africa
2. (Military) informal Brit a soldier who served in North Africa with the British 7th Armoured Division in 1941–42
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Noun1.desert rat - any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexicodesert rat - any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
pocket rat - any of various rodents with cheek pouches
Dipodomys, genus Dipodomys - kangaroo rats
Dipodomys ordi, Ord kangaroo rat - most widely distributed kangaroo rat: plains and mountain areas of central and western United States
Translations
aavikkojerboaavikkorotta

desert rat

n (Brit fig inf) → Wüstensoldat m
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Desert Rats reunion ON RETIRING from the Army after 32 years service, Major J P Harrison settled in Loughborough and one of the first people he met was Tom Townsend, licensee of the White Horse in Bedford Square.
He served in the 8th Army -the Desert Rats - and was in the RAF, repairing Spitfires in the field and present for the whole North Africa campaign, including the famous Battle of El Alamein.
Ex Desert Rats chief Lt Col Chris Parker said: "Whole units had no desert combats.
Jimmy was a gunner with the 7th Armoured Division, who earned the Desert Rats nickname for their legendary victory over Rommel in North Africa.
Major General Patrick Cordingley, a former commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade, known as the Desert Rats, said the move is a mistake from the armed forces, citing "the practicalities" of women in the infantry and armoured corps as considerable "and [which] should not be overlooked".
The Desert RATS is a 148-mile ultra-endurance run, performed over six days in individual stages of 9 - 50 miles per stage, across mountainous and desert terrain in Colorado and Utah, USA.
ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING DESERT RATS REVEALS WWII HORRORS IN NORTH AFRICA AND HOW HE CAME CLOSE TO SEEING CHURCHILL Brum soldier Bob Brighton tells ALISON STACEY about his time as a Desert Rat and helping to fix General Monty's boots DING in the blistering heat of the desert, the sun beat down on the hundreds of men lining the route to Tripoli in Libya.
Having fought in World War II, Richard also was known for his part in the Desert Rats campaign.
Adam serves with the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery which is part of the 7th Armoured brigade, or Desert Rats and is based in Germany.
Churchill's Desert Rats in North Africa, Burma, Sicily and Italy.
The Desert Rats have mentoring teams embedded within the Iraqi army.
Twice widowed Joe, who lived in East London's Custom House flats where he was fought with General Montgomery's legendary Desert Rats at El Alamein and Tobruk in North Africa and was promoted to sergeant major.