~ 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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Veterans' Records, Support & Information

Veterans UK - Support for Veterans.

The Agency provides for the first time, a range of 'through life' support functions direct to around 900,000 serving and ex-Service personnel. Click on the logo opposite or freephone 0800 169 2277, Textphone 0800 169 3458 or Email veterans.help@spva.gsi.gov.uk

Veterans UK - Service Records.

Information, advice and guidance on obtaining copies of service records.

The extensive military collection on findmypast

It includes 3.6 million records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain and the United States.
This comprehensive collection of armed forces and conflict records provide a great resource to assist you in searching for your military ancestors. Discover more about your family's military past and learn more about your brave ancestors' achievements and efforts during wars around the world.

Help for Heroes.

Their mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential. The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning. We will not let them fight these battles alone.

UK National Archive.

This is a vast site covering many aspects of life in the UK. Amongst the records held, but not available on-line, are some on Combined Operations. These can be accessed by personal callers or remotely via a list of independent researchers (search fee to be negotiated with the researcher of your choice). 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The "Debt of Honour Register" is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations world-wide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

 US Online Military Indexes and Records.

This website is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.

NAVAL-HISTORY.NET 1998-2013

Archived by British Library, US Library of Congress, Bavarian State Library. WW1, inter-war, WW2 and post WW2. Naval-History.Net started with two books written by Gordon Smith on the War at Sea in World War 2 and Battles of the Falklands. It has since expanded, not only with his own World War 1 and 2 researches, but such work as RN casualty lists 1914 to the present and daily RN ship movements 1939 to March 1942 by American researcher Don Kindell and 1,000 WW2 ship histories by Lt Cdr Geoff Mason Rtd. Naval-History.Net is listed in the top 10 websites in a "A Guide to Military History on the Internet" by Simon Fowler of the National Archives.

Internet Archive.

Selected Navy records on line free. The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

HMS Intrepid (L11)

A forum for old shipmates of HMS Intrepid to pull up a bollard and swing a lantern. Also the home of the HMS Intrepid Association.

D-Day Guide.

General or tailored guided visits to the Normandy beaches and their hinterland by an experienced guide and artist.

Service Pals

This is a social network website for the ex and serving men and women in the Armed Forces. The site is also open for anyone with an interest in the military, and is completely free. It is extremely easy to use, after a few mouse clicks you’re able to reunite with old friends from the military days, or connect with serving colleagues. You can share photos, blogs, videos and interests within your growing network of friends. 

Veterans Affairs Canada.

Links to the home page of this comprehensive Canadian Government site. Includes a great amount of historical information from official sources and personal reminiscences, research facilities, a youth section, special features and much more besides. 

Forces Reunited

The largest UK database of Armed Forces and Ex-Forces Personnel on the web. You are more likely to find your old UK forces friends here (and they are more likely to find you) than anywhere else on the web, fact! Forces Reunited® lets you find old friends and colleagues plus read what they are doing now. It's free to register, search and browse entries for the members listed.

The Military Heraldry Society

The Society has "collections of cloth formation signs (shoulder sleeve insignia, shoulder titles, regimental and unit flashes and similar items" Contact the Publicity Officer, Hubert H Long. Tel: 01952 408830 or 01952 270221 E-Mail

Places To Visit

Imperial War Museum.

It's probably easier to list what's not on this site! Includes Duxford Air museum, Cabinet War Rooms, HMS Belfast, 1940s House and thousands of other references. Well worth many visits! 

The National Memorial Arboretum

The Arboretum is set in the pleasant countryside of Staffordshire, between the towns of Lichfield and Burton-upon-Trent. It provides a living and lasting focus for remembrance essentially for those who have lost their lives or suffered in the service of their country. It is a haven of peace and contemplation and is the location of the Memorial to Combined Operations.

Dirigible Balloon Hanger and Museum, Ecausseville France.

Map, photos, information and links to this unique example of a 100 year old hanger nearly 500 ft long, 100 ft high and 125 ft wide, constructed to protect airships whose purpose was to disable or sink German U Boats in WW1. Also used in WW2 and during the so called Cold War.

The Gazelle 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.

US Assault Training Center SW England Friends.

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preserve and promote the U.S. Assault Training Center of World War II in practical and historical matters through education.

There are 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.

News & Information

 

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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