Commando Actions

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Operation Jubilee

Location

Dieppe
France
49° 55' 22.8" N, 1° 4' 39" E
Wednesday, August 19, 1942

Combined Allied Force from all three Services. The Commandos had specific tasks outlined below in support of the main allied Force.

Dieppe Commandos

Operation Musketoon

Location

Glomfjord
Norway
66° 51' 33.12" N, 14° 1' 36.48" E
Sunday, September 20, 1942

Glomfjord, Norway

Operation Musketoon was a raid on an electricity generating station at Glomfjord in German occupied Norway. Ten Commandos from No 2 Commando and 2 Norwegian corporals working for the SOE took part in the raid leaving thier home port on the 11th September. They were taken by submarine to a remote Fjord, completed a difficult overland route, approaching their target from the rear and successfully destroyed it. Seven were captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp under Hitler's infamous Commando Order. 
 

Operation Frankton

Location

Bordeaux
France
44° 51' 33.1488" N, 0° 33' 7.4268" W
Monday, December 7, 1942

Operation Frankton  was a raid on shipping in the port of Bordeaux which was under German occupation. Often wrongly associated with being undertaken by Commandos, it was in fact carried out by a select group of Royal Marines who were designated as the Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment or RMBPD, operating under the command of Combined Operations.

'Operation Crackers'

Monday, February 22, 1943
An intelligence gathering operation originally planned to include the destruction of observation posts in the Norwegian fjords, but due to bad weather the raiders took over an unmanned observation post for a week of intelligence gathering before making good their escape. 
 

‘Operation Checkmate’

Location

Kopervik
Norway
59° 17' 1.3452" N, 5° 18' 24.7572" E
Wednesday, April 28, 1943

Operation CheckmateA combined operations raid on Axis shipping in the harbour at Kopervik, Norway. This raid was a No 14 Commando operation. The raiders managed to sink several ships using limpet mines, but were eventually captured and initially taken to Haugesund for interrogation before being transported to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

Operation Husky

Location

Augusta, Sicily
Italy
37° 16' 26.5908" N, 15° 12' 57.8304" E
Friday, July 9, 1943
Operation Husky

The invasion of Sicily.  In addition to Commando units the Special Raiding Squadron (SRS) also participated. Whilst the SRS were engaged at Bagnara and Augusta and other areas, No 3 Commando's time in Sicily included one particular action at Agnone. 

On the 14th/15th July 1943 No.3 Commando were tasked with taking and holding a bridge at Punta dei Malati  until the arrival of the 50th Division. After capturing the bridge from the Italians and removing the demolitions they had laid, a counter attack by the Germans with support of tanks inflicted heavy casualties on No.3 Commando.

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