In Aid of the
Combined Operations Memorial Maintenance and Development Fund
We're offering a set of four colour prints of
Lt DA Grant'soriginal 1942 design of the
Operations badge. They have been faithfully copied and reproduced,
exclusively for the Memorial Maintenance
and Development Fund with the knowledge and consent of the National
Archive at Kew. They hold the original records and design drawings of the
development of the badge.
All money, raised from this initial batch of 50,
will go into the memorial fund. Terry Carney, whose initiative this was, has
kindly donated the Buckram cloth, while the cost of postage and packaging will be met by the editor of
this website. This is the first time these original badge designs have been
seen, as they would have looked, had they been approved without amendment.
In later versions, the bird is an eagle and both it and the gun, point in
the same direction.
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order, please make your cheque or postal order payable to the Combined
Operations Memorial Fund, add youraddress to the reverse and
send to Geoff Slee, COMF (Badges), 35 Auchingane, Edinburgh, EH10 7HU, UK.
Purchases from overseas (non-UK) using this method of payment are welcome in
British pounds. Please contact your local bank, or postal services, for
For accounting and security
reasons, please don't send cash.
thanks for supporting the Combined Operations Memorial Fund.
On 13 Jan 42, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Chief of the Combined Operations
Command, issued a general invitation for designs to be submitted for a
Combined Operations badge. On 19 Feb 42, from the many designs received, one
of several by Lt D A Grant, RNVR, was approved. In addition to his designs,
he provided notes relating to various images he thought suitable to
represent each of the three services. Lt. Grant was, at the time, stationed at HMS
Tormentor, a landing craft training base atHamble, Southampton.
In 1992, Terry Carney of The Military Heraldry Society, undertook research
into the history of the Combined Operations badge and was given access to
the National Archive records. He carefully traced a photograph of the
original design and from it produced an enlarged drawing, from which the
above images were made. The tracing and drawings of these and other badges,
together with supporting narrative, formed the basis of an article he wrote
entitled 'The Combined Operations Badge, 1942-1946' which subsequently
appeared in 'The Formation Sign' - the journal of the Society. This article,
which includes the design and development of the badge, was later added to
this website (link below).
The badges, which are printed on A4 Buckram sheets are;
top left - the original design for the badge submitted by Lt. Grant.
In this version, the bird had the appearance of a seagull and the Tommy Gun
and bird faced in the opposite directions. In the final approved design,
the bird became an eagle and the bird and gun pointed in the same
direction in both right and left arm versions This badge would have been
worn on the right arm, above the cuff on the dark blue uniform of naval
top right – the light blue on white embroidered 'tombstone' version.
This badge would have been worn on the right arm, above the cuff on the
white uniform of naval ratings.
bottom - this uncut pair of badges, were intended for wear on both
arms of the battledress blouse. In each case, it was intended that the
Tommy gun should face forward.
Framed and hung, the sheets provide an attractive and unique display. In
addition to providing much needed funds for the Combined Operations Memorial,
the sets will serve as a tribute to the creative imagination of Lt. Grant.
Grateful thanks are due to Terry Carney for
the original idea to print these badges and for the preparation of the
design of the printed sheet and liaison with the printer.
around 300 books listed on
our 'Combined Operations Books' page. They, or any
other books you know about, can be purchased on-line from the
Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). Their search banner link, on our 'Books' page, checks the shelves of
thousands of book shops world-wide. Just type in, or copy and paste the
title of your choice, or use the 'keyword' box for book suggestions. There's
no obligation to buy, no registration and no passwords.
The Badge in Use
on uniforms. Christmas Cards, Ships' Funnels and even on an arm in the form
of a tattoo!
We have a small band of volunteers who
take turns to visit the memorial each month, particularly during the
growing season, to undertake routine maintenance such as weeding
keeping the stones and slabs clear of bird dropping, lichen etc. and
reporting on any issues. If you live near the National Memorial
Arboretum and would like to find out more, please
Remember a Veteran
You can pay a
personal tribute to veterans who served in, or alongside, the Combined
Operations Command in WW2 by adding their
details and optional photo to ourRoll of Honour
and They Also Served
pages on this website.
Combined Operations prayer.
Reach the people who will be interested to know about your Combined
Operations or war related event by adding it to our forthcoming events page
free of charge.
To everyone else; Visit our forthcoming
events page for things to see and places to visit. If you know of an event
of possible interest, that is not listed, please let us know.
Why not join
the thousands who visit our Facebook page about
the Combined Operations Command in appreciation of our WW2 veterans.
'slide shows' of the dedication ceremony and the construction of the
memorial plus the 'On this day in 194?' feature where major Combined Ops
events are highlighted on their anniversary dates with links to additional
You are welcome to add information,
comment or reply to messages posted by others.
Find Books of Interest
Search for Booksdirect from our Books page. Don't have the
name of a book in mind? Just type in a keyword to get a list of
possibilities... and if you want to purchase you can do so on line through
the Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). 5% commission goes into the memorial
handbook was prepared for Combined Operations in the Far East. It
illustrates the depth and complexity of the planning process necessary
to ensure that the 3 services worked together as a unified force.
Restoration of Geoffrey Appleyard's
Click on the image if you'd like to contribute to the improvement of the
memorial to Geoffrey Appleyard, DSO, MC and Bar, through the purchase of a
limited edition print of a book about him. Geoffrey achieved so much in
service with No 7 Commando, No 62 Commando, the Small Scale Raiding Force
and the Second SAS Regiment. He was posted Missing in Action in July 1943,
The Gazelle Squadron
is a unique team of ex-British Military Gazelle helicopters in
their original military colours and with their original military
registrations. The core team includes four Gazelles, one from each
service; The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The Army Air Corps and The
Royal Air Force. A fifth Gazelle in Royal Marines colours will provide
intimate support for the team. Their crest
includes the Combined Operations badge. The last, and possibly, only time
the badge was seen on an aircraft was in the early mid 40s. A photo of the
Hurricane concerned is included in the 516
Legasee Film Archive
As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee is
looking for veterans from any conflict who would like to have their
stories filmed for posterity. Films are now available on line.