02
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– The Commandos during the Second World War


Commando memorial at Spean Bridge, Scotland.

“In Memory of the Officers and men of the Commandos who died in the Second World War 1939 – 1945. This Country was their Training Ground.”
There is a bigger plaque on the back of the statue which reads:
THE COMMANDOS 1940-45

A T1 Patrol Chevrolet of the Long Range Desert Group during the withdrawel from Operation Caravan; attack on Barce, September 1942.
Date 2009-02-28

Source Imperial War Museum
Author British/Commonwealth military

Long Range Desert Group Chevrolet being “unditched” from soft sand in the desert, circa 1942. The truck is mounted with a Lewis gun.
Date 2008-03-19 (original upload date)

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Author Imperial War Museum Original uploader was Minorhistorian at en.wikipedia

Long Range Desert Group Jeep
Date 2008-03-15 (original upload date)
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Author British/Commonwealth military Original uploader was Minorhistorian at en.wikipedia

Long Range Desert Group 30 cwt Chevrolet WB
Date 2008-03-15 (original upload date)

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A Guards Patrol (G Patrol) Jeep of the
Long Range Desert Group.

Date 2009-02-28

Source Imperial War Museum
Author British/Commonwealth military

20mm Breda mounted on 30 cwt Chevrolet 1533×2.
Date 2008-03-16 (original upload date)

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37 mm Bofors mounted on a 30 cwt Chevrolet WB.
Date 2008-03-16 (original upload date)

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Trucks of the en:Long Range Desert Group. Heavily laden 30 cwt 1533×2 Chevrolets of R1 Patrol setting out from en:Jalo oasis in Libya, circa 1942. In the foreground is “R4” Rotowaro W.D.no. L4618912.
Date 2008-03-15 (original upload date)

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Тренировка спецназовцев в Великобритании. Лето 1940 года.

Лофонтенский рейд, март 1941 г. Британское десантное судно с норвежскими добровольцами на борту.

The American Willy`s Jeep, such as the one being driven in this photos, provided the first SAS units with a much preferred method of entry into the desert during the North African campaign of WW II.

Greek partisans working with SAS during WW II.

Belgian SAS on parade at the end of WW II.


Many of the men on Operation “Bullbasket” were captured and executed by the Germans.

The Dakota, many of which are still in service, dropped SAS parachutists into Europe in 1943.

Members of the Free French SAS who served from 1941 to the end of the WW II.

Standing is Capt. J.E. Tonkin, sitting on the right is Lt H.Morris. The other four men were captured and executed by the Germans on 7 July 1944 under the dictate of Hitler`s Commando Order. Le Foret de Verrieres, France.

Two legendary SAS figures in conversation: David Stiring (left) and “Jock” Lewes (right).

The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) often carried the SAS raiding units to their targets.

When working with partisans such as the Maquis in France or, as here in Italy, the SAS displayed the British flag to notify Allied aircraft of their presence.

Lieutenant-Colonel “Paddy” Mayne – one of Stirling`s first recruits into SAS. Mayne joined L Detachment SAS Brigade on its formation in July 1941 and played a major role in operations during the North African campaign.


David Stirling

Captain Phillip Pinkney joined the SBS when 62 Commando was disbanded and was posted to 2 SAS in 1943. He was one of a raiding force dropped into the Brenner Pass in Italy in order to destroy a vital rail tunnel. Shortly after they had completed their mission, Pinckney was captured and subsequently executed by the Gestapo.

The Greek Sacred Squadron (SAS) fought with great bravery in WW II.

David Sillito

Colonel David Stirling, founder of the SAS.

Members of the SOE training for operations behind enemy lines in 1940.

The “La Palma” in Rodi Harbour befor setting sail for the island of Vis in the Adriatic. The tarpaulin covers a jeep, the SAS trademark during WW II.

The Willy`s jeep

The Vickers K machine gun, designed for use in aircraft, was adapted to great effect for use on the Willy`s jeep.

A detachment of SAS who took part in the capture of the Italian Adriatic port of Termopili. Roy Farran, who featured in Operation “Tombola”, is on the right at the front.

The SAS war crimes unit racked down and arrested many Germans responsible for the murder of captured SAS men in WW II.

St Martin`s Church, Hereford. The final resting place for many outstanding SAS men.



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