Commando Actions

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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)

Operation Anklet

Location

Lofoten Islands
Norway
68° 4' 46.5924" N, 13° 22' 27.0876" E
Friday, December 26, 1941

300 men from No 12 Commando, and some from the Royal Norwegian Army, landed on the Lofoten Islands about 300 miles North of Vaagso. Since the first Lofoten raid in March such operations were seen as a useful tactic to confuse the enemy and consequently divert enemy forces for future defence.

Operation Archery

Location

Vaagso, Norway
Norway
62° 0' 10.2204" N, 5° 3' 52.9092" E
Saturday, December 27, 1941

Vaagso Norway

 
A raid on Vaagso and Maaloy to destroy fish oil factories and sink enemy shipping. No 3 Commando was supported by 1 and half troops of No 2 Commando, and detachments from No 4 and 6 Commando, and the Norwegian troop.
 
More images can be seen in our gallery for  Operation Archery
 

Operation Chariot

Location

St Nazaire, France
France
47° 16' 29.712" N, 2° 11' 57.264" W
Saturday, March 28, 1942
MGB 314

 

St Nazaire, France

A Combined Operations raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire led by No.2 Commando who were supported by small detachments from Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 12 Commandos. Transported on board HMS Campbeltown which, packed with hidden explosives, rammed the dock gates, and a fleet of 18 smaller vessels, the Commandos stormed ashore and succeeded in demolishing much of the infrastructure of the dock operating mechanism. The explosives on HMS Campbetown later detonated causing severe damage to the dock and its gates.

Operation Abercrombie

Location

Hardelot
France
50° 38' 3.336" N, 1° 34' 44.148" E
Tuesday, April 21, 1942

 This operation was a reconnaissance operation by No 4 Commando on the beaches near the village of Hardelot, to capture prisoners and destroy equipment, including a searchlight battery.

Operation Ironclad

Location

Diago Suarez
Madagascar
12° 10' 20.028" S, 49° 22' 37.056" E
Tuesday, May 5, 1942

Combined operation by Allied forces to invade Madagascar.  On 23 March '42, No 5 Commando set sail from Glasgow to participate in the Battle for Madagascar.

No 5 Commando landed near Diego Suarez on the 5th May 1942.  

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

Operation Foxrock

Location

St Valery en Caux
France
49° 51' 38.0952" N, 0° 42' 30.8052" E
Sunday, May 31, 1942

Night of 31st May/1st June. This was a planned operation by 100 men from No 12 Commando at St Valery en Caux which was aborted after the raiding party were spotted by German naval  forces.

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