Commando Actions

Operation Claymore

Location

Lofoten Islands
Norway
68° 10' 0.012" N, 13° 45' 0" E
Tuesday, March 4, 1941

The Force consisted of Nos. 3 and 4 Commando, approximately 50 Royal Engineers, and a group from the Free Norwegian Forces. They were transported on board two converted ships, the Princess Beatrix and the Queen Emma, now loaded with LCA's or Landing Craft Assault vessels. Leaving from, and returning to Scapa Flow, they were escorted by 5 Royal Navy destroyers

Operation Exporter

Location

Litani River
Syria
33° 20' 20.0004" N, 35° 14' 43.0008" E
Sunday, June 8, 1941

The original objective assigned to C Battalion "Layforce" (11 Scottish Commando) was to land on two beaches to the north of the River Litani and one to the south, seize and hold the Qasmiye bridge over it until relieved by 21 Australian Infantry Brigade.

Operation Chopper

Location

Luc sur Mer
France
49° 19' 3.9576" N, 0° 21' 20.4516" W
Sunday, September 28, 1941

65 men of 5 Troop No1 Commando took part in a twin raid against the coast of Northern France, code named Operations Chopper and Deepcut.

One ssection led by Captain Tom Hemmimg landed at Luc sur Mer (Chopper) and suffered a number of casualties including two killed, these were Pt Elwyn Edwards and L Cpl Cyril Evans.  

The other section led by Lt Scaramanga  landed at St Vaast Bay (Deepcut) and ambushed a German cycle patrol.

Operation Flipper

Location

Beda Littoria
Libya
32° 45' 59.0004" N, 21° 44' 30.0012" E
Friday, November 14, 1941

Attack on Rommel's HQ by units from 'C' Bn Layforce. They included a group from No 11 Commando led by Lt Col Keyes supported by others, including two from No 7 Cdo who had escaped from Crete, Sgt Fred Birch (No 7 Cdo & 51ME Cdo) and Cpl John Kerr (No 7 Cdo & 51ME Commando)

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