Our gallery now has over 7000 photo's and images. Please have a browse. Join our forums to share and find information on all things COMMANDO.
From January 19th 2013 we will be working on upgrading and improving the site. Downtime will be kept to a minimum during this period.
Welcome to the Commando Veterans Association website!
Welcome to the website of the Commando Veterans Association. Our site has been developed 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.
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.
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 forumhere. 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.
The West Highland Museum in Fort William shall be launching a brand new display 'Commandos inTraining' focusing on the wartime Commandos who trained in the area, particularly at the Commando Basic Training Centre at nearby Achnacarry. The launch will be at 10.30am on Saturday 10th November - all welcome to attend. This will eventually become a permanent 'Commando Exhibition' in 2013.
70th Anniversary of Operation CHARIOT
CVA Visit to St Nazaire - 'The Greatest Raid of All'
See the photos of our visit to St Nazaire in March 2012 here.
The Commandos In the beginning
"The thirty-eight Battle Honours awarded to the Army commandos serve as a Prologue to this brief history of their five years’ Active Service."
The Commandos Benevolent fund is a Charity that provides financial assistance to wartime Army Commandos and their dependants, for more information visit their website. http://commandosbenevolentfund.org.uk
In January 1942, the historic Achnacarry Estate was transformed into a wartime paramilitary academy. In four years of operation, twenty-five thousand men came to the Scottish Highlands to endure the world's toughest infantry training course. Watch this BBC documentary on BBC iPlayer.
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.
Converted very kindly to MP3 by Mike Thomas at Yellow Wall studios Lockington Liecs. The tape was kindly donated by Ray Brooks son of Earnie Brooks No 4 Commando and implemented by John Mewett.
Memories of Sgt John Huntingdon
The memories of Sgt John Huntington ‘E’ Troop - No. 12 Commando & ‘3’ Troop - No. 1 Commando (1940 -1945) are available here.
The Commando Veterans Gallery
Sid Murdoch, Tom McCormack, Ken McAllister and Bill Hughes
The Commando Veterans Gallery contains over 4000 images of Commandos from World War 2 to the present day. Most of the images have been uploaded by Commandos or their family members. The gallery is an important historical record and tribute to the Commandos. Where possible the CVA research group has identified the men in the photographs, however there are still many unknown soldiers contained within. Please take some time to look around the gallery and let us know if you can identify any men. If you have any photographs of Commandos or related to Commandos please share them.