Training Centres WW2

1940 - 1945

Training Centres Roll of Honour [View the ROH].
Early Training Centres
Follow this link for early training including [CTC Inveraray and STC Lochailort].
View Training Courses allocated at [CTC Inveraray].

Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC)
Follow this link for the [Commando Basic Training Centre].
View in our Gallery [Images of Commando Training].

Commando Mountain Warfare Training Centre (CMWTC)
​Follow this link for more about [Cliff Assaults].
View in our gallery [Images for the CMWTC].

RN Commando Training Centre
Centre for the formation and training of RN Commandos from 1942 until 1945. Based at the War Office requisitioned Glenfinart House Ardentinny, close to Loch Long, and designated from October 1942 as HMS Armadillo.
View in our Gallery [Images and information on RN Commandos].

Advanced Handling and Fieldcraft School at Llanberis, Caernarfonshire
This arduous course was for junior Officers and senior NCO's.  One of the Rifle Instructor's there was Tasker Watkins,  who was later awarded the Victoria Cross serving with the Welch Regiment after D Day. The course culminated in a section race over Mount Snowdon. Many Commandos attended this course whilst based at the Holding Operational Commando at Wrexham awaiting operational posting.

Combined Operations Training Centres
This link takes you to a comprehensive list of [Combined Operations Training Centres].

'Courses at CTC Inveraray'

Courses for the Special Service Brigade and SCU.

The No 1 Combined Training Centre (CTC) at Inverary was located on the banks of Loch Fyne. The Naval Shore Base, HMS Quebec,  was also based at this location.
Training courses  took place here for units from both British and Allied Forces.  The list below represent only those allocated to the Special Service Brigade, and to the Servicing Commando Units of the RAF. 
Source: National Archives DEFE2/1317


Units Trained

Oct '40 3, 4, 6, & 8 Commandos
Nov '40 7 Commando
May '41 1, 2, 3, 9, & 12 Commandos
Apr '42 1 Servicing Commando RAF
May '42 3202 & 3203 Servicing Commando RAF
Aug '42 Two RAF Servicing Commandos
Sept '42
2 Commando
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Bn's. 168 Regt. 168 US Combat Team
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Bn's 26 Regt. 26 US Combat Team
Mar '43 5 RAF Commando
May '43 3205 & 3206 Servicing Commando RAF
Jun '43 3207 & 3208 Servicing Commando RAF
Jul  '43 3209 & 3210 Servicing Commando RAF
Jun '44
1, 2, & 3 Independent Mountain Company Norwegian Brigade
Independent Para Company Norwegian Brigade