In 2000, the publication “Our Forgotten Liberators” by writer J.A.G. (Hans) Pol clearly shows two British armoured units that were never mentioned in the historiography about the liberation of Borne. Until 2000, they were assumed to be part of the Dorset infantry regiment to which they provided support.
Nonetheless, they are independent regiments with their own combat training, their own chain of command and control and are recognizable by their own emblems, signs, symbols and of course their own military history.
To correct this misconception, the Forgotten Liberators Foundation intends to give these regiments their proper place in the World War II history of Borne. That is why 3 April 2020, 75 years after the liberation of Borne, is an excellent opportunity to do exactly that.
The chain of events… April 1945, a brief overview
On April 3, 1945, the 130th Infantry Brigade (British) orders the 4th Dorset regiment (infantry) to start the advance for the liberation of Borne. The C-squadron Sherman tanks from the Nottinghamshire Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry are added as support. As a reconnaissance unit, the A-squadron of the 1st Royal Dragoons comes into action and is the first to enter Borne. The Royal Dragoons face opposition while entering Borne and report this back to central command. The Sherwood Rangers tanks then advance along with the infantrymen of the 4th Dorset and break the German opposition. The people of Borne are finally free from the German occupation.