~ Volunteers Required for
Research and Drafting
Volunteers with an interest in WW2 history and access to a computer
are invited to contact me for information about researching and writing pages
for this website.
Operations is an immense subject of interest to many people worldwide. Around 400,000 visits are made to the
website each year. There are many 'Combined Ops' stories worthy of
adding to the website, which are presently less
accessible in books, public records, archives, personal papers and on various
websites. To unlock these stories is
beyond our resources.
Some of the pages on the website started off as very brief accounts amounting
to just a few hundred words. Subsequent comments and contributions from website visitors have seen
some pages grow hugely in length and quality of content. The best example is
PLUTO [Pipeline under the Ocean], which started life as a
300 word summary. It has been added to greatly since then and it has spawned two
other pages - 'PLUTO Resurrected' and 'PLUTO Pipeline Manufacturing Machines,' both of
which can be accessed from the PLUTO page.
There are around
200 pages on the website with room
for at least another 50. The greatest contribution you can make is not, surprisingly, in writing the
pages to the point of perfection... it's in researching, assembling the
information into logical sequence and preparing a rough draft or even headings
with related facts, information and opinion. We are also very happy to receive
final drafts from those who wish to produce them.
Thank you for taking the time to read this appeal for help. If you'd like
more information please don't hesitate to
drop me a line
without any obligation whatsoever.
to be added to the website
This is a list of the more obvious subjects which will be added to the
website. Since the list is not comprehensive please
get in touch if you know of something that should be added.
Major Landings - 1943 Salerno, Italy (Avalanche); Jan 1944 Anzio, Italy
(Shingle); Aug 1944 South of France
(Dragoon); Jan 1945 Arakan, Burma; May 1945 Rangoon, Burma (Dracula). Malay
Coast Sep 1945 (Operation Zipper).
Commando Actions -
3 Sep '43 Reggio,
Italy; 11 Sep '43 Taranto Italy; 15 Aug '44 Anvil, France; 3 Jan
'45 Akyab, Arakan
Peninsula; 12 Jan '45 River Myebon, Arakon Peninsula; 21 Jan '45
Ramree, Arakan Peninsula; 22 Jan '45 Kangaw, Arakan Peninsula; 26 Jan '45 Cheduba, Arakan
Peninsula; 16 Feb '45 Ruywa, Arakan
Peninsula; Apr '45, Comacchio, Italy.
Operation Agreement (Tobruk)
Glossary of terms
- definitions of ranks, units etc in the 3 services in WW2.
Commando histories - Nos
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10 (Inter-Allied), 12,14, 30 and Royal Marine Commandos.
Combined Operations HQ
Brief biographies of the main players.
From COHQ in 1942 Willets, Horan, Haydon, Robb, Wildman-Lushington and Ellis
and others such as Hobart, Hughes Hallett etc to name but a few.
Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF). See
brief account of the SSRF which is in need of