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11th Armoured Division - Black Bull Doorstop, 1950
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11th Armoured Division - Black Bull Doorstop, 1950

Measurements: Length: 28cm (11in)

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The 11th Armoured Division was formed under Major-General Percy Hobart in 1940 in response to the success of the German Panzer divisions. Famous for its Black Bull insignia, it was widely recognized as being among the best armoured divisions in north-west Europe during the Second World War. Commanded by Major-General Pip Roberts from 1943, it  played a prominent role in three ferocious battles in Normandy - Operations Epsom, Goodwood and Bluecoat, the last of which included the celebrated ‘Charge of the Bull’ and counter-attack against the 9th SS Panzer Division.  The Division afterwards undertook the liberation of Amiens, and the taking of Antwerp. It performed the right flanking movement for Operation Market Garden, back-up in the Ardennes and participated in the final drive into Germany across well-defended river barriers to Lubeck and the Danish frontier. The Division was disbanded in in January 1946 and reformed towards the end of 1950. In 1956, it was converted into the 4th Infantry Division.

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