10 Commando

10 Commando History

10 Commando

Full title: No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando.
Commanding Officer from its formation until spring 1944: Lt. Col. Dudley Lister MC
 
The Commando consisted of the following troops:
HQ Troop
Nos 1 & 8 Troops - French;
No 2 Troop - Dutch;
No 3 Troop - Refugees;
No 4 Troop - Belgian;
No 5 Troop - Norwegian;
No 6 Troop - Polish;
No 7 Troop - Yugoslavian.
 
This Commando unit was one of the most unique fighting units of the Second World War. Comprising of both allied and disaffected enemy personnel and refugees. Members of No 10 although not mounting many raids in their own name won a deserved reputation for their fierce and dedicated fighting ability. The first troops allocated to No.10 were French shortly to be joined by Polish and Norwegian.  
 
3 Troop also known as X Troop were primarily German speaking refugees to the UK from Germany, Austria, Denmark,  Hungary, as well as some from Czechoslavakia, Russia, and Romania. A large number were of the Jewish Faith. They never operated as a troop, with individual Commandos being allocated as and where needed on attachments to mainstream Commando units.  

In the Shetlands men from the Norwegian troop worked with detachments from No12 Commando against the enemy held coast of Norway.

No 10 proved its real worth after the Normandy operations and was involved in the push to Germany and helped the liberation of occupied 
 

Gallery images of No 10 (IA) Commando


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