WW2 7th Armoured Division & 3rd Royal Horse Artillery Painting

WW2 7th Armoured Division & 3rd Royal Horse Artillery Painting

Code: 18557

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For sale is an WW2 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) & 3rd Royal Horse Artillery, Berlin 1945 Dated Painting. This is in good condition and measures 23.7cm

Height x 35.2cm length. We believe this is an original wartime period painting. Made to commemorate the allied victory parade in Berlin. 
 
By the outbreak of the Second World War, the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery was still in Egypt and on 16 October 1939 was assigned to Headquarters Royal Artillery Group (Middle East Reserve)[14] as an anti-tank regiment armed with 2 pounder guns. M Battery, however, was permanently attached to the Armoured Division (Egypt) (later the 7th Armoured Division, the "Desert Rats"). In March 1941, P Battery left the regiment to join 6th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery in the United Kingdom. In practice just the title was transferred; the personnel and equipment were distributed amongst D, J and M batteries making them up to eight-gun units. On 1 March 1941, the regiment joined M Battery in 7th Support Group and all three batteries were redesignated as anti-tank. The regiment took part in the final attempt to lift the Siege of Tobruk, Operation Crusader (18 November – 10 December) – notably the Battle of Sidi Rezegh where Second Lieutenant George Ward Gunn (J Battery) earned the Victoria Cross for his bravery during an attack by 60 German Tanks. On 26 April 1954, J Battery was awarded the Honour Title "Sidi Rezegh" in recognition of this action. The regiment was rearmed with 25 pounders after Sidi Rezegh, and the batteries were redesignated as field artillery on 8 September 1942.
 
The regiment was withdrawn to Libya to rest and refit thereby missing the Sicilian campaign. It next took part in the Italian campaign: the Salerno Landings (9 – 18 September 1943), the Capture of Naples (22 September – 1 October), and the Volturno Crossing (12 – 15 October). It then returned to the United Kingdom, arriving on 4 January 1944. It continued to support 7th Armoured Division, as a follow-up formation, following the Normandy Landings In 1945, the regiment led the Allied Victory parade in Berlin, and fired the Victory Salute.
 
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