Learn while you
From week 4, one 200
piece Combined Operations related
will be added here with a link to the webpage concerned. To
help you get started, the edge pieces only can be displayed. Good luck!
behind the picture. PLUTO was more than a planet in WW2. It was
an acronym for a top secret, large scale engineering project to pump fuel,
for tanks and other vehicles, hundreds of miles from England, under the
English Channel, to front-line troops as they advanced towards Germany -
Pipe Line Under The Ocean x 21. Pumping stations on beaches were disguised
as houses, cafes etc. Find out more here.
5 - 18/02/21 Jigsaw Story
behind the picture. Following major landings on enemy occupied
territory, the advancing invading force needed air support from the RAF &
USAF. This could only be provided from captured air fields or hastily
improvised landing strips close to front lines. The Royal Air Servicing
Commando Units serviced, maintained, repaired and re-armed aircraft under
hazardous conditions. Find out more here.
4 - 11/02/21
Jigsaw Story behind the
picture. This beautiful tranquil scene of a Norwegian fjord
belies the drama, bravery and boldness of a small group of Commandos and
two Norwegian corporals, working for the Special Operations Executive, in
destroying aluminium production in the coastal town of Glomfjord.
Shockingly, those captured were transported to Colditz and then to Berlin
where they were executed. Find out more
3 - 04/02/21.
Approx 100 pieces
Approx 200 pieces Story
behind the picture. There were many special units established in
WW2 whose work was absolutely vital to the success of landings onto
unimproved beaches in enemy occupied territory. Even their name was
designed to deceive the enemy by concealing their real purpose - the
Combined Operations Pilotage Parties. Find out more here.
2 - 28/01/21.
Approx 125 pieces
Approx 200 pieces Story behind the picture. The D Day Landings
changed the course of the WW2. This map gives a visual representation of
Operation Neptune, the amphibious phase of the D Day landings. Thousands
of landing craft of many types put boots on the landing beaches, provided
fire power on beach targets and anti aircraft cover for the fleet followed by the delivery of vehicles, tanks, supplies,
medical provisions, armaments and follow on troops thereafter... all with
Royal Navy heavy gun and RAF air support. Find out more
1 - 21/01/21.
Approx 100 pieces Story behind the
picture. In late
2012, work began on the construction of the Combined Operations Memorial
at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The larger rocks, transported from
Loch Fyne in Scotland where training in landing craft operations was
concentrated, weighed several tons and required lifting gear Find out