El Alamein, D-Day then to Arnhem
Gold Beach looking seaward
Battle of El Alamein
A good history of the 8th Armoured Brigade with a forward by
Lt. Gen. Brian G. Horrocks (played by Edward Fox in the movie)
325841 Cpl. R. D. Perkins R.A.C.

- 1939-45 Star
- Africa Star bar "8th Army"
- France and Germany Star
- WWII Defense Medal
- WWII War Medal
- Efficiency Medal (GVI)    Bar "Territorial"
The medals were in the original mailing box with lengths of ribbon, 8th Army clasp, medal slip and the Efficiency Medal.

Noting the address on the mailing box, the RAC designation on the Efficiency Medal, and that Cpl. Perkins was in the Territorials,  a good assumption can be made that he was a member of the "The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (Sherwood Rangers)". The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry was transferred to the Armoured Corps 12 April 1941.  In North Africa they were part of the 8th Armoured Brigade, 10th Armoured Division, X Corps of the 8th Army.  The 8th Armoured Brigade did not participate in the Sicily/Italian campaigns and was sent back to England after the fall of Rommel in North Africa (Note the absence of the Italy Star).  Back in England the Brigade began preparations for the invasion of Europe as part of XXX Corps.

On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the XXX Corps, 8th Armoured Brigade with the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry landed on Gold Beach near Arromanches and Le Hamel.   8th Armoured Brigade as part of XXX Corps was the column that failed to relieve the British 1st Aviation Division at Arnhem in Operation Market Garden ("A Bridge too Far").



Theme from "A Bridge Too Far"
from
"Great War Themes"
Band Of H.M.Royal Marines/Central Band Of The Royal British Legion/Band Of The Parachute Regt