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Visiting the Combined Operations Memorial

Useful Information for Your Visit

Combined Operations Memorial.

The memorial is in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum, which is 27 miles NNE of Birmingham. It was constructed in early 2013.

[Map courtesy of Google Map Data 2017.]

If you'd like to delve more deeply into the history of the project or to see a photographic record of the memorial's design, development, construction and dedication, please visit the Memorial Index page.

I do hope you enjoy your visit and if you wish to provide feedback we'll be very pleased to hear from you.

Have a nice day!


Combined Operations Memorial.Preparing for Your Visit

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is a special place of remembrance for an ever increasing number of people and a fascinating destination for everyone. If you've not been before, check out what facilities, information and help are available to get the most from your visit.

You'll find up to date information on the NMA website at... http://www.thenma.org.uk/plan-your-visit/

[Aerial view of the NMA, courtesy of Google Earth.]

The Combined Operations Memorial is a good 10 minute walk from the Arboretum's visitor centre but, for the less ambulant, there are electric scooters, wheelchairs (recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment) and golf style buggies.

Combined Operations Memorial.The memorial is located in a tranquil corner of the Arboretum down by the River Tame where there are several wooden benches nearby, some of which are in the photo opposite. The lovely open view of the River Tame and its wildlife, is, on a nice day, an ideal setting for a picnic or a place for quiet reflection. However, there's not much shelter in the area, so it's advisable to go prepared if the weather forecast is poor.

[Photo August 2013 - a few weeks after the dedication ceremony.]

Combined Operations Memorial.In early October 2018, the memorial benefitted from cleaning, grouting of the paved area and the erection of a new, improved information display. The tall strip of nettles along the riverside in the vicinity of the memorial, has been cut back opening up a lovely vista of the river and its wildlife. On a nice day, it's a lovely place to linger for a while on nearby seats.

News & Information

Photo of single poppy.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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Featured Links; Combined Ops Heritage; 40 D Day Stories & Combined Operations Jigsaw Challenge


Photo of single poppy.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 or They Also Served pages on this website, which include the Combined Operations prayer.

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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.

Photo of single poppy.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.

Photo of single poppy.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).

Photo of single poppy.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.

Photo of single poppy.New to Combined Ops?

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

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