The CVA has organised a trip to Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of the D day landings. This is a 5 day, 4 night, bed and breakfast only, stay at The Campanile Honfleur Hotel in Honfleur, not far from the beaches.
Commandos - United We Conquer
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We have developed this site in order to appeal to all those who have an interest in the Commandos. If you have earned the right to wear the coveted Green Beret and served with Commando Forces from their inception in 1940 through to the present day, or if you are a family member or a friend of the Commandos, you are as equally welcome to enjoy and hopefully add to our site. Please feel free to pay tribute, research or simply satisfy the curiosity that you may have about the proud history of the Commandos.
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United we conquer
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CVA trip to Normandy 3rd -7th June 2014
The CVA is organising a D Day 70th anniversary trip to Normandy.
A number of places have been set aside for WWII veterans and their partners / carers, but there will be a limited number of further places available for other members of the CVA who may wish to attend. For full details click on this link CVA trip to Normandy
WW2 Commando History - March
There are too many operations and/or notable dates to mention each and every one but here are some. Photo below depicts No 3 Commando officers at Limehouse during training there in the months preceding D Day.
4th March 1941 saw No 3 and 4 Commandos involved in Operation Claymore, on the Lofoten Islands. The Force also included approx 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. Two of the Commandos were later photographed with a couple of souvenirs in a newspaper after returning from the raid - L/Cpl Ernie Brooks and Pte. Fred Brooking. That photo can be viewed HERE
28th March 1942 saw No 2 Commando involved in Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, supported by small detachments varying in size from Nos 1,3,4, 5,9, and 12 Cdos. Five Victoria Crosses were awarded for gallantry during the raid. On the1st April 1942 a ceremonial funeral was held to inter the dead from both sides, in a field at Escoublac, near to the German Naval HQ. The prisoners were invited by their captors to send a party to attend. Photos of the burial party can be seen HERE. We have an account of the raid on our site and it can be read HERE. Much has been written about the raid but essential reading are Storming St Nazaire by James Dorrian and St Nazaire Commando by Stuart Chant-Sempill. The gallantry of so many Commandos and Royal Navy personnel that day, many of whom would never return home, justify it being known as the "Greatest raid of all".
March 1943 saw continued operations in North Africa involving No1 Commando. The Northforce half of No 12 Commando were engaged in operations along the Norwegian coast and fjords.
March 1944 saw No 9 (Army) Commando along with 40 & 43RM Commandos take part in the Anzio landings. Amongst the many casualties was Private Robert Rose Urquhart of No 9 Commando. He recovered from his wounds at Anzio only to be killed the following year at Lake Comacchio. We have copies of 2 of his letters home, the first when injured and in hospital, and the second dated the 29th March 1945 having just rejoined No 9 Commando in Italy. He was killed in action 4 days later. Click HERE for more about Pte Urquhart and to read those and other letters. During this period No 2 Commando were involved in Operation Detained 1 on the island of Solta (Yugoslavia), whilst 43RM Commando were involved on Hvar Island (Yugoslavia).
March 1944 also saw continued operations in the Far East involving HQ 3 Cdo Bde and Nos 5 (Army) Commando and 44RM Commando, one particular being Operation Screwdriver. The fighting in the Arakan campaign was tough and casualties high. Photos of some of the No 5 Commando graves from the Arakan campaign can be seen in our war graves album for Burma (Myanmar) HERE.
March 1945 saw 1 Commando Brigade involved in operations clearing the Rhine- Maas triangle, and the crossing of the Rhine and capture of Wesel, whilst 48RM Commando took over from 41RM Commando in patrolling lower Maas.
March 1945 was also the month that two former members of No 12 Commando were executed, Lt Ross Littlejohn MC and Cpl Joseph Crowley.
Both were now members of 2SAS and were captured during an operation in Italy and then executed at Bolzano, Italy. After a War Crimes trial the two German SS officers involved were both convicted of this and other atrocities and murders, and sentenced to death which was carried out on the 26th July 1946. The picture shows Lt Littlejohn MC and Cpl Crowley whilst attached to No 12 Commando, along with Corporal Stanley Bolden MM who was killed in action in March 1945 also whilst attached to 2SAS. Click or touch the photo for more detail
The Commando Veterans Association has an ongoing project to photograph the graves of the Commando Fallen. If you live near, or may be visiting close to, a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, and wish to help, please contact Pete here Contact Us.
Please advise us if you consider the CWGC need to be informed of anything about the condition of a grave.
Commando Obituaries - We will remember them
The Commando Prayer
Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord Lovat Interview
This is an interview with Lord Lovat recorded in 1978 in Inverness before his attendance at a reunion of the Commando Association.
The first speaker is Henry Brown OBE who compiled this iterview onto a tribute tape for the Army Commandos.
Lord Lovat tells of some of his memories of D-Day as the Commander of 1 Commando Brigade who spearheaded the D-Day assault.
The tape was kindly donated by Ray Brooks son of Ernie Brooks No 4 Commando, implemented by John Mewett, and converted to MP3 by Mike Thomas at Yellow Wall studios Lockington Liecs.
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