Commando Veterans Archive
Welcome to our Commando Archive
If you are a Commando, a member of the Commando family, a friend of the Commandos, or simply have an interest in the Commandos, you are welcome to add to and enjoy the site. Please feel free to pay tribute, research or simply satisfy the curiosity that you may have about the proud history of the Commandos.
The first Commando units raised in 1940 were the Army Commandos. In 1942 these were then followed by the first Royal Marine Commando units. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force also provided Commando personnel in WW2.
Read our guide on research, service records, and how to explore our Archive [more......].
Looking for Information?
We do NOT hold Service Records. If you wish to ask specific questions about Commandos, whether on individuals, units, campaigns, equipment, insignia, etc, then you should use our website forum. There you will be able to create a post in the relevant forum and add the many questions that you may have. Register on the Forum to add your messages or photos there.
Commandos 1940 to present day
Commando History and Training
Whether you are considering a future military career in the Commandos, or simply curious, you should make yourself aware of their history and the origins of their training. We dispel some common myths and detail the Commando historical timeline.
From their formation in 1940, when there were only Army Commandos, to the formation of other Commando units including the first Royal Marine Commando unit in 1942, their expansion in 1943 and 1944, and ultimately into the Commandos of today.
Included are films about todays 'Pre Royal Marines Course', and another about WW2 Commando Training called "The Green Beret".
Our Commando Roll of Honour contains details of over 2,780 Commandos who have died in service since their formation in 1940 to the present day. If you have photos of, or information about any Commando, or wish to have a name included, please post a message on our Forum with the details, or use the Contact Form and contact the Archive [Search the Roll of Honour].
ObituariesDo you have a name or photo to add? Register on our Forum and post the details with the date deceased, and include a photo if you have one. Or simply let us know by completing the Contact Form selecting the category for Obituaries. Someone will be in contact soon.
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Lord Lovat Interview
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.
Listen to it HERE.
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