Commandos - United We Conquer

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Welcome to our website

We have developed this site in order to appeal to all those who have an interest in the Commandos. If you have earned the right to wear the coveted Green Beret and served with Commando Forces from their inception in 1940 through to the present day, or if you are a family member or a friend of the Commandos, you are as equally welcome to enjoy and hopefully add to our site. Please feel free to pay tribute, research or simply satisfy the curiosity that you may have about the proud history of the Commandos.

Many of the photos displayed have additional information which can be read by touching or clicking on them.

Please feel free to join our association as either a Full Member (Commandos) or Associate Member (families and friends). Simply download the relevant application form, complete it in full and pop it in the post as directed on the form. You will receive your membership pack including membership card and a copy of our most recent newsletter 'Dispatches' which includes information on the Association and planned events. If you do not wish to join then please enjoy the site and history of the Commandos and if possible pass on our details to any Commandos you may know.

United we conquer


Looking for Information?

If you are looking for any kind of specific information regarding the Commandos , whether on units, campaigns, equipment, insignia etc, or information on individuals who have served in the Commandos, then please visit our website forums. On registering you will be able to create a post in the relevant forum and add the many questions that you may have.

Follow this link for some Useful tips and links for research


Commando Training

Whether you are thinking about a future career as a Commando, or simply curious about the training, you should make yourself aware of the origins of their training. This resume tells you how it all began, and developed into the present All Arms Commando Course. Follow this link to our section on Commando Training


WW2 Commando History - August

There are too many operations and/or notable dates to mention each and every one but here are some. Touch/click photos for more information.

18/25 August 1941 Operation Gauntlet, a Combined Operations raid on the island of Spitsbergen with units from the Canadian and Free French along with the Britsih including the Special Service Brigade.  

19th August 1942 Operation Jubilee, the Combined Operations raid at Dieppe. This raid is well documented and resulted in heavy Allied losses. The Commando units involved were Nos 3,and 4 Army Commandos and 40RM Commando. Amongst those who accompanied the Commandos were some from the Ist Ranger Bn., United States Army, including Lieutenant Edward Loustalot who was amongst those killed in action. His photo can be seen hereHERE. We have a gallery album with information and photos about the US Rangers, including the diary of Leilyn Young which contains a great amount of detail of his journey to the UK, and his training and time with the Commandos : US Rangers gallery.

Amongst the many gallantry medals awarded was that of the Victoria Cross to Captain Patrick Anthony Porteous, No 4 Commando. His citation, along with those of all the Commando Victoria Cross recipients, can be found here in our Victoria Cross section.

 

A Nominal Roll of those from No 4 Commando who took part can be viewed HERE

A ROH for the Commando Fallen at Dieppe with links to any Gallery entries we have can be found HERE

The graves of some of the fallen during this operation can be viewed on this link to our gallery for Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery

August 1943 saw the continuation of the Forfar raids along the French coastline involving men from No 12 Commando, the SSRF, and the SBS.

On the 15/16th August 1943 No 2 Commando were involved in Operation Barricade at Scaletta, Sicily. During this operation No 2 Cdo. Captain Dickie Hooper was awarded the Military Cross, "Captain Hooper led his troop, No.6, with great gallantry and determination in the street fighting in Scaletta village in the early morning of the 16th August 1943, which resulted after the Commando landing just North of this village. In this action with German troops, he was wounded in the shoulder by a rifle bullet. After his area of the village was cleared, he continued to lead his troop to its correct position, three miles further down the coast. Later the troop was ordered to march North on the road to Messina, Captain Hooper again leading until restrained by the medical authorities, and removed to the casualty clearing station."

Captain Hooper also took part in the Commando raids at Vaagso, and St Nazaire where he was badly wounded. (L.G.18.11.43) 

Amongst the casualties at Scaletta were Lieutenant John Jeffreys, Sergeant Anthony Patrick Duffy and Gunner Edward Cox. Images of all 3 men and many other of the No 2 Commando Fallen throughout the war can be viewed here:

 No 2 Commando In Remembrance album

August 1944 saw the continued advance into NW Europe after D day with heavy fighting in many areas. Thousands of British and Allied troops took part in these landings. The Commando Units involved were HQ Commando Group, Nos. 1 and 4 Commando Brigades, and troops from No.10(IA) Commando. Much has been written in the past about the landings and we could not hope to cover it in this small piece. Our thoughts are with them all. Suffice to say that those Commandos who made that original journey and did not come home are remembered with honour. Some of their graves can be seen in our War Graves albums for France HERE .

On the 19/20th August 1944 units from No 1 Special Service Brigade (later renamed Commando Brigade) were involved in action crossing the River Dives, whilst No 4 Special Service Brigade were in action in the Dozule region of Normandy. The photo taken by L/Cpl Emmerson of No 1 Special Service Brigade depicts the ruins of a Church near Dozule. More of his many excellent photos can be found in our No 1 Special Service Brigade gallery album

Some photos of the Normandy invasion can be found here:

 Normandy - Operation Overlord


The Commando Veterans Association has an ongoing project to photograph the graves of the Commando Fallen. If you live near, or may be visiting close to, a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery,  and wish to help, please contact Pete here Contact Us

Please advise us if you consider the CWGC need to be informed of anything about the condition of any grave. Click/touch the photo to view this grave.


Commando Obituaries - We will remember them

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Click/touch the mage to view names of those whose passing we have been informed of.

The Commando Prayer

Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Lord Lovat Interview

Lord LovatThis is an interview with Lord Lovat recorded in 1978 in Inverness before his attendance at a reunion of the Commando Association.

The first speaker is Henry Brown OBE who compiled this iterview onto a tribute tape for the Army Commandos.

Lord Lovat tells of some of his memories of D-Day as the Commander of 1 Commando Brigade who spearheaded the D-Day assault.

The tape was kindly donated by Ray Brooks son of Ernie Brooks No 4 Commando, implemented by John Mewett, and converted to MP3 by Mike Thomas at Yellow Wall studios Lockington Liecs.
 


 


Latest news

Website report

  • Posted on: 28 January 2014
  • By: pete

The website is under renovation which will be ongoing over the next few months with more information and graphics being added. [PR/12/2013]

Website report for 25th July 2014:

Main site updates this year to date:

January........Commencement of monthly report on Homepage of WW2 Commando History 

February..... New Commando Training section added to Home Page menu.

February..... New Army Commando nominal rolls added to WW2 Commando section.

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