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~ NO 3 COMMANDO RE-ENACTMENT GROUP ~

This page provides information about a military re-enactment group based in the south of Scotland. It has an educational bias in addition to re-enactment (living history) events and displays.

About the Group Education Membership

About the Group

The No 3 Commando Re-enactment Group aims to inform and educate people of all ages about one of the most critical periods in our history - the Second World War. We do not glorify war... more to present the daily, simple routine of troops operating in the field during a specified period, all within a safe and legal environment. In effect a "living history" display. For many children in primary school today their great grandfathers wore the uniforms we wear, drove the vehicles we drive, used the weapons we display and ate the food that we cook.

The presentation of our WW2 living history events is tailored to meet the needs of groups taking account of the limitations of space. The list includes;

  •  informative displays of uniforms, light weapons, equipment,
  •  photographs backed up by the commentary of  'officers and men,'
  •  living history displays where training schedules are re-enacted and a temporary encampment set up,
  •  mock battles and weekend soldiering involving the use of vehicles and weapons (blanks).

By undertaking this educational role we fulfil a main objective of the No 3 Re-enactment Group which is to preserve, in a respectful and correct manner, the memory of those involved in past conflicts ...."Lest we forget." The members of the group have a variety of reasons for their interest - collectors of militaria, students of history and hobbyists.

Education

We have a number of living history displays for use in schools. Each includes uniforms, light weapons, military equipment, badges etc., and there is also an informal and informative presentation during which questions are encouraged. The topics currently available are; World War I 1914-18, World War II 1939-45, Korean War 1950-53, Vietnam War 1960-74, Falklands 1982 and Gulf War 1990-91.

A fee of 45.00 is charged for each visit. For more information without obligation please phone Peter Scally on 07543629779 or write to Peter at No 3 Commando Re-enactment Group, Morriston Farm Cottage, Culzean, By Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8LB.

Membership

Membership of the Group is open to anyone, male or female, over the age of 17. Uniforms and other items of kit are available on short-term loan from the Society, so new members can 'live the experience' before incurring expenditure. The Society has good contacts with suppliers if purchase of these items is contemplated. Blank firers can be hired from the Group but new members may decide to apply for their own Fire Arms Certificate. Since the Group aims to achieve realism a rank structure exists requiring good self discipline although the stereotypical Regimental Sergeant Major is hard to find! Transport to events can usually be arranged in cases of difficulty. 

Click here to print out an application form or contact Peter Scally by phone at 07543629779.

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.

Forthcoming Events

To organisers: 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.

To notify an event 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

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About Us?

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