~ 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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 Hundreds of thousands of visits each year to 200  web pages & 3000 photos.  News & information at the bottom of this and every web page.

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Index of Web Pages about the Memorial

Everything you may want to know about the memorial is on this web page including historical information about the design, construction and dedication of the memorial, mostly in the form of photographs, together with information and advice on visiting the memorial and fundraising in support of  its future maintenance and development. All donations and other financial contributions are accounted for on the 'How to Donate' page listed below.

Together, we are remembering them!

[A veteran makes a supreme effort to honour his fallen comrades by laying a wreath at the dedication ceremony.]

The Memorial Today

Visiting the Memorial. Get the most out of your visit by being aware of parking, facilities in the National Memorial Arboretum Visitors' Centre, help for elderly, disabled and infirm visitors and the location of the memorial. There is a charge for parking but entry to the Visitors' Centre and the Arboretum grounds is free, although voluntary donations are welcome.

Fundraising

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.

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. 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. £17.00. Only 100 such prints will ever be made.

Historical Information

Memorial Archive - Fundraising. See the fundraising wall donations and details of fund raising events. The memorial was entirely funded from public donations in the UK and overseas and from the proceeds of fund raising events - a magnificent example of a successful 'Combined Operation' that raised over £21,000 pounds.

Memorial Archive - Design & Construction. 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 250,000 Royal Navy and Army servicemen trained together in landing craft operations with air support from the RAF. See the memorial under construction and learn of the symbolism in its design and the materials used. Even the variety of trees used in the design is significant.

Dedication Ceremony - A Photographic Record 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.

Dedication Ceremony - 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.

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

Memorial Information Display Board

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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 (click on icon above) 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.

Submit your D-Day Story

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings and, to mark the occasion, The D-Day Story is asking the British public to share their experiences from the largest invasion ever assembled. Whether it’s an account of the day from a veteran or a tale passed down by a relative, we’re keen to showcase never-before-heard stories for an exciting campaign to be launched later in the year.

https://theddaystory.com/discover/about-us/tell-us-your-d-day-story/

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.

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.

 

Legasee Film Archive

As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee has recorded interviews with veterans from any conflicts. These  films are now available on line. www.legasee.org.uk

 

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