WW2 Monthly History - May
26-31st May 1941 saw 'D' Bn of Layforce / 52ME Commando involved in the defence of Crete. Many were taken prisoner of war through no fault of their own, the ships leaving without them.
History of Layforce [view].
We also have a gallery of photos of Prisoners of War [view].
1st May 1942. Chief of Combined Operations Louis Mountbatten formally submits a request to the Under Secretary of State for War for distinctive head-dress in the form of a green beret for the Special Service Brigade. [view the report].
5th May 1942 No 5 Commando were taking part in Operation Ironclad at Diego Suarez, Madagascar. The total campaign lasted 6 months but the bulk of the special work of Combined Operations and the Commandos was concentrated into a few days in early May 1942.
Our Gallery has images of some of the graves of the Fallen [view].
The image below is of an early No 5 Commando troop [view].
22/23 May 1944 Commando operations from Vis.
Operation Foothound on Miljet island. Units involved were No 2 Commando, 43 RM Commando, and one troop from 40RM Commando. This was a large scale raid which is summed up with tongue in cheek by the unknown author of a document we have on No 2 Commando overseas under the heading "Miljet". [view].
The image below is of some from 43RM Commando [view].
24th May 1944 No 9 Commando were involved in Operation Darlington 11 along the East coast of Italy.
27th May 1944 Issue 25 of the Daily Vis-a-Vis was issued to Commandos operating with the Central Mediteranean Force from the island of Vis giving an update on the progress of the war [view].
Twelve Commandos died in May 1945.