WW2 Monthly History - April
19th April 1941 saw No.7 Commando involved in Operation Addition as part of Layforce ('A' Battalion) at Bardia. We have an account of Layforce [view].
1st April 1942 saw the joint burial service permitted by the Germans for the casualties after Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. [view]. Photos of the burial party can be seen here [view]. A quite unique joint ceremony in a time of world war.
April-July 1944 Continuing operations in the Far East involving 3 Commando Brigade in the Silchar, Assam, region. The Brigade 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) [view].
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 photo gallery, and the memories of some of those involved, including Corporal Eric Taylor, 46RM Commando, about their experiences. [view Cpl. Taylor's account].
When checking the photo galleries of individual units involved, we recommend you also check our photo gallery of the Special Service Brigades to which they were attached. [view]
They are both buried at Argenta War Cemetery. [view]
30 April 1945, and only days to go before before VE day, casualties continued. Trooper Stephen Greenwood, his No.7 Commando long since disbanded, was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was killed at Waganitz on the 30th April 1945 when they were fired on by a Russian tank whilst being force marched West away from the advancing Russian army.
Our Gallery has more about Trooper Stephen Greenwood. [view].
During the 30 days of April 1945 a total of one hundred and thirty six (136) Commandos died. They are remembered in cemeteries or on memorials across Europe. Of those 136 two were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. A few days later on 8 May 1945 war in Europe ended with the surrender of Germany. Our Roll of Honour can be viewed in surname or date order. View the WW2 Commando Roll of Honour [HERE.....].
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