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 COMBINED OPERATIONS

£6,135 is needed to maintain the Combined Ops memorial in perpetuity through an agreement with the NM Arboretum. If you can, please help us do this with a donation, big or small. Details here. Thank you


Combined Operations Memorial

Index of Memorial Web Pages.

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 - £300 for routine maintenance undertaken by the National Memorial Arboretum and £200 for non routine repairs and maintenance of the memorial structures undertaken by specialist contractors.

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.

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.

 


News & Information

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.

Featured Links; 'Crowd Funding' Memorial Maintenance Appeal; Combined Ops Heritage; 40 D Day Stories. The appeal is for the 'in perpetuity' maintenance of the memorial footprint and its immediate surroundings through an agreement between the National Memorial Arboretum and the Combined Operations Memorial Fund.
 

Remember a Veteran

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.

Facebook

Visit our Facebook page about the Combined Operations Command in appreciation of our WW2 veterans. You are welcome to add information, photos and comment or reply to messages posted by others.

Events and Places to Visit

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. 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.

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).

Combined Operations Handbook (Far East)

The 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.

New to Combined Ops?

Visit Combined Operations Explained for an easy introduction to this complex subject.

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