Commandos - United We Conquer

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Welcome to our website

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.

Many of the photos displayed have additional information which can be read by touching or clicking on them.

Please feel free to join our association as either a Full Member (Commandos) or Associate Member (families and friends). Simply download the relevant application form, complete it in full and pop it in the post as directed on the form. You will receive your membership pack including membership card and a copy of our most recent newsletter 'Dispatches' which includes information on the Association and planned events. If you do not wish to join then please enjoy the site and history of the Commandos and if possible pass on our details to any Commandos you may know.

United we conquer


Looking for Information?

If you are looking for any kind of specific information regarding the Commandos , whether on units, campaigns, equipment, insignia etc, or information on individuals who have served in the Commandos, then please visit our website forum.On registering you will be able to create a post in the Looking for Information sections and add the many questions that you may have. Good luck with your research.


Commando Training

Whether you are thinking about a future career as a Commando, or simply curious about the training, you should make yourself aware of the origins of their training. This resume tells you how it all began, and developed into the present All Arms Commando Course. Follow this link to our section on Commando Training


Unveiling of new statue to Lord Lovat

Thursday 8th May 2014 at Ouistreham. For more details on times and arrangements click HERE


WW2 Commando History - April

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.

19th April 1941 saw No 7 Commando involved in Operation Addition as part of Layforce ('A' Battalion) at Bardia. We have a detailed history of Layforce that can be read HERE 

1st April 1942 saw the joint burial service permitted by the Germans for the casualties during Operation Chariot at St Nazaire. Photos of the burial party can be seen HERE

A quite unique joint ceremony in a time of world war.

April 1942 also saw No 4 Commando take part in Operation Abercrombie, the raid on Hardelot. We have some interesting information on this raid posted in our forum  which can be viewed HERE

12/14 April 1943  saw the Northforce section of No 12 Commando taking part in Operation Carey in the Norwegian Fjords. No 12 Commando provided a small detachment for ‘Chariot’ the raid on St.Nazaire. After this raid the Commando split into two, one half operating against the Norwegian Coast , ‘Northforce’, the remainder operating against the French coast in the Forfar operations. Men from No 12 also operated with the Small Scale Raiding Force (S.S.R.F.)  Click HERE for more photos and information about No 12 Commando

28/29th April 1943 saw a raid on Axis shipping in the harbour at Kopervik, Norway. The raiders managed to sink several ships using limpet mines, but they were eventually captured. The raiders, a No 12 Commando, Sergeant Jack Cox, a RNVR Lieutenant, two Naval Petty Officers and three seaman, were grouped as 14 (Arctic) Commando. They were eventually taken to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where they were forced to march 30 miles a day on cobblestones testing german army boots. All but Mayor and Roe were later executed at Sachsenhausen. Mayor and Roe were transferred to Belsen. Mayor was executed there. Roe died of Typhus there. More on the individuals and raid can be found HERE

April-July1944 also saw continued operations in the Far East involving 3 Commando Brigade in the Silchar, Assam, region. The Bde included units from the SBS. The fighting in the 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.

April 1945 saw operations continuing in North West Europe with major river crossings including the rivers Elbe and Aller. We have some good photos in our 46RM Commando gallery from when they were in the area, and the memories of Cpl.Eric Taylor, 46RM Commando, about his experiences of the Elbe crossing are HERE

April 1945  2 Commando Brigade with units from the SAS/SBS were involved in Operations Roast, Pry, Impact, and Impact Royal in the regions of Commachio and the Argenta Gap, Italy. There were many Commando casualties and two of these men would later be awarded the Victoria Cross for their gallantry in separate incidents, Major Anders Lassen and Cpl Thomas Hunter.

More about Major Lassen is HERE

More about Corporal Hunter is HERE

They are both buried at the Argenta Gap War Cemetery.

 

 
April 1945, with only days to go before before VE day, saw many casualties. Just one of those was Tpr. Stephen Greenwood of No 7 Commando. His Commando long since disbanded, Tpr Greenwood was a prisoner of war in Germany. On a march west whilst still a POW, he was killed on 30th April 1945 when they were fired on by a Russian tank at Waganitz. Photos and information about Trooper Greenwood are HERE

 


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

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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

Lord LovatThis 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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