~ COMBINED OPERATIONS ~

WW2 land, sea and air forces of the Allied Nations planning, training and operating together as a unified force on amphibious raids and landings against the enemy.

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 Approaching 500k visits per year to 200  web pages & 3000 photos.  General information at the bottom of this and every web page.

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~  COMBINED OPERATIONS MEMORIAL  ~

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Visiting the Memorial? The condition of the grass surrounding the memorial needs to be improved and proposals have been submitted to the National Memorial Arboretum to achieve this, including re-turfing the area and cutting down the tall weeds and nettles alongside the river bank.

The Combined Operations Memorial information display (bottom of page) will replace the original 2013 display in the autumn of 2017. It will be 820 x 500 mm.

We welcome feedback on the condition of the memorial, including photos. This will help us maintain it to an acceptable standard or, as our veterans deserve, better than acceptable. Feedback on Visit.

Scroll down for the Memorial Index of Pages.

How to Donate. Help is still needed to fund the maintenance and further development of the memorial and this website. On-going costs are estimated to be in the region of £500 per year.

Visiting the Memorial. Get the most out of your visit by preparing in advance and being aware of maintenance issues. Send in photos and comments about your visit and we'll add a photo and any comments you send to this website, in memory of a veteran.

Dedication Ceremony. A Photo Gallery of the day's events. It was a heart warming experience to meet and greet WW2 veterans, their families and friends. They engaged in animated discussion with each other in the refreshment marquee before the ceremony, as memories flooded back. However, there was a palpable change in the atmosphere, as wreaths were laid in remembrance of their fallen comrades and some tears too, exposing the rawness of their memories after so many years.

General Barrons' Speech. An incisive précis of the history, organisation, development and achievements of Combined Operations and its surprising relevance to the very different challenges faced by today's Joint Forces Command.

Painting & Prints. "Combined Operations - A Normandy Beachhead." An evocative painting of a D-Day beach landing by military artist, David A Thorp, generously donated by him to the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. Proceeds, in the form of donations, go into the memorial fund. Prints of various sizes are available to order on line or by post, including limited edition prints.

Badge Offer. Four colour prints on Buckram paper. A set of four prints of Lt D A Grant's original 1942 design of the Combined Operations badge, printed on buckram paper in colour. Proceeds, in the form of donations of £17.00, go to the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. Only 100 prints will ever be made available.

Special Thanks. To everyone, who contributed to the memorial in donations, fundraising events, support and encouragement... A BIG THANK YOU but especially to...

Memorial Fund Archive. See the fund raising wall and past fund raising events. The target of just over £21,000 pounds was reached early in 2017. The memorial was funded entirely by public donations and fund raising events, organised by them.

Memorial Construction Archive. See the memorial when it was just a pile of stones in a quarry on the shores of Loch Fyne in Scotland. This was the area where Commandos trained in the rugged mountains and RN and army servicemen trained together in landing craft operations. See the memorial under construction and learn of the symbolism in its design and the materials used. Even the variety of trees is significant.

Book. Flat Bottoms and Square Ends. Advanced notice of a book based on the wartime diaries of Patrick Lennard Payne, a young Subby (Sub Lieutenant, RNVR), who blasted a Normandy beach with a salvo of spigot bombs and ended up in Egypt, but not as a direct result of his bombs!

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Memorial Maintenance

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 contact us.

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 our Roll of Honour and They Also Served pages on this website.

Read the Combined Operations prayer.

Events and Places to Visit

To organisers: Reach the people who will be interested to know about your Combined Operations or war related event by adding it to our  webpage free of charge.

To everyone else: Visit our webpage for information on events and places to visit. If you know of an event or place of interest, that is not listed, please let us know.

To notify an event or place of interest, click here.

To visit the webpage click here.

Facebook

Why not join the thousands who visit our Facebook page about the Combined Operations Command in appreciation of our WW2 veterans.

See the '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 information.

You are welcome to add information, photos and comment or reply to messages posted by others.

Find Books of Interest 

Search for Books direct 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 fund.

WW2 Combined Operations Handbook

This 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  Memorial 

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, aged 26.

www.bramleywarmemorial.com/major-geoffrey-appleyard-book-now-available-for-purchase/

The Gazelle Helicopter Squadron Display Team

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 Squadron webpage.

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. www.legasee.org.uk

New to Combined Ops?

Visit Combined Operations Explained for an easy introduction to the subject.

About Us?

Background to the website and memorial project, and a look to the future; plus other small print stuff and website accounts etc. Click here for information.

 

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