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11th Hussars (Prince Alberts Own)

       In September 1940 when Italy declared war on Britain and France, the 11th Hussars were in Egypt with the 7th Armoured Division (known as the Desert Rats). Equipped with obsolete Rolls-Royce and Morris armoured cars, the regiment were engaged in raids against Italian positions in the Western Desert Campaign. They captured Fort Capuzzo and captured General Lastucci, the Engineer-in-Chief of the Italian Tenth Army in an ambush east of Bardia.

    The 11th Hussars took part in Operation Compass that was launched against the Italian forces in Egypt and Libya. They joined the ad hoc combat unit named Combe Force (lead by Lieutenant-Colonel John Combe) which cut off the retreating Tenth Army near Beda Fomm, unable to break through the defensive positions the Italians surrendered en-masse as the 6th Australian Division closed in on them from their rear.

       The 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army and can be traced back to 1715. In 1940, the 11th was based in Egypt and became part of the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) equipped with armoured cars during the Western Desert Campaign. In September 1940, when the Italians invaded Egypt the 11th Hussars were part of the British covering force and they took part in the counterattack, Operation Compass against the Italian forces in Egypt and Libya. They returned to Britain in January 1944, docking at Glasgow and moved to Ashridge Park near Berkhamstead, to begin training for the Normandy Campaign.

    The 11th Hussars boarded the MT Bradford City at Millwall Docks on the 5th of June 1944. They landed on the 9th of June near the small village of Conseulles, Normandy. After fierce fighting in Normandy they advanced to the Seine, on to the Somme and crossed into Belgium by September, they fought their way towards Berlin, being near the Kiel Canal on VE Day and entering the German capital in July 1945.

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    Cpl. Joe Winterbottom 11th Hussars

    Cpl Joe Winterbottom was with the 11th Hussars and was wounded and captured. He was taken to Italy, then Mullenberg, Stalag 4b, which was his home for four years. We have many photos, a diary, and his POW tag PH61398743690.

    Pte. Mark "Mickey" Lawrence 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own)

    Mickey Lawrence is still alive and well, living in Islington, London where he was born. My uncle Mickey has many photos of Germany. He was born in 1923 and joined the Desert Rats for deployment after the D-Day landings. He has photos of Berlin and Hitler's bunker, along with items he collected.

    Christine Richardson

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