The Commandos Brigade
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The 3rd Commando Brigade was one of four original Brigades of Commandos that were formed in 1943. Each Commando Brigade was made up from two Army Commando Units and two Royal Marine Commando Units.
The 3rd Commando Brigade Royal Marines is the only remaining Brigade that is active today at the forefront of all of Britain's Active Service Operations.
The Royal Marines Commandos are the sea soldiers of the Royal Navy, at the cutting edge of Britain's maritime power projection.
As Expeditionary the Royal Marines Commandos are on permanent readiness for amphibious operations anywhere in the world.
In concert with the Royal Navy's expanding fleet of modern specialist amphibious ships, they are proving to be the force of choice for many of today's crises.
Two Commandos Part Four
The Commando's Troops
40 Commando RM, 42 Commando RM, and 45 Commando RM are the senior fighting companies of the 3rd Commando Brigade Royal Marines.
The Commando's troops are noted for their boundless enthusiasm and their professionalism, initiative, fitness, attention to detail i.e. observe, listen and remember. That way they never miss a trick, if there is a kink in their enemies armour then they will find it.
Common sense (common dog) and adaptability gives the Commando's troops the flexibility to adjust to the many changing situations of the warfare they come up against.
All Royal Marine Recruits go through arguably the toughest and longest period of training in the world. Then they go to a Commando unit to gain real experience. In my first unit I was a lead scout in 1 troop 'A' Company 40 cdo RM.
UKLF CSG to 30 Cdo IX Gp RM
United Kingdom Landing Force Command Support Group (UKLF CSG) has developed from its origins as Headquarters and Signals Squadron.
Evolution over successive operational tours of Afghanistan ans Iraq has resulted in an Information Exploitaion (IX) Unit that is the cutting edge of contemporary operations.
Through full spectrum Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Influence operations the Unit now delivers information dominance, whilst maintaining the life support communications and enablement of the Brigade HQ as a core task.
Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines
Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines are the commandos that provide intimate support to 3 cdo Brigade in order to meet the challenges of the day to day support of the 21st Century battlefield.
Their convoys supply the front line troops when they are in action. No matter where the commando troops are fighting they can always rely on the Royal Marine Commando logistics to get their supplies through.
They run Combat logistic Patrols across the length and breadth of the combat operational zones delivering medical support to the front line.
Their Equipment Support Squadron Engineers are equally as widespread, keeping the task force on the road and at fighting strength; all of the time their job is increasing in complexity.
539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines
539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines supply the means for the Commandos to get to their destination in battle, and to give them covering fire protection during the assault landings.
They deliver the Commando Troops to the shore for amphibious landings in vehicles from landing craft to heavily armed off-shore raiding craft.
29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery
29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery gives covering artillery fire when needed when the Commandos go into action.
The Commando artillery opperate on the front line giving close support with their field guns when called upon.
24 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers
24 Commando Regiment Royal Engineers is essentially used for supplying the expertise for building or removing obstacles in a war zone.
30 Commando Royal Marines
1 Rifles, is an army unit that has been attached to the Royal Marines in every sense, to help them with their commitments, they fight alongside the Commandos.
Band plays the worlds finest Marches
The Royal Marines Band Service is universally recognised as one of the finest musical bodies in the world and provides musical support for the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines for every type of occasion all over the globe.
Their repertoire includes all types of music from jazz to pop to wind band classical, big band and of course music for the parade ground and marching.
The men and women of today's Band Service blend a unique mixture of versatility, talent and tradition.
Band Service training also includes vital medical and military roles in support of the fighting force, the Royal Marines Commandos.
The Greatest Commando Raid
Royal Marines History
Royal Marines History gives a brief account of their formation from 28th October 1664 through to the modern-day Commando.
The history of the Royal Marines Battle Honours will show why they have always been a little bit special in fighting.
Royal Marines History is in two parts; make sure you read part 2 the link is on the part one page.
Green beret Reservists
Kommando or Commando is now Universal
The word stems from the Afrikaans word Kommando, which
translates roughly to "mobile infantry regiment" which was
originally by horse over rough terrain.
In English, the term Commando means a specific kind of
individual soldier or military unit. In contemporary usage,
Commando usually means elite light infantry and; or special
operations forces units, who specialize in amphibious landings,
parachuting, rappelling and similar techniques.
To conduct and effect attacks. Originally "a Commando" was a
type of combat unit, as opposed to an individual in that unit.
In other languages, commando and kommando denote a "command",
including the sense of a military unit.
Use of the singular to mean one man arose by popular
misunderstanding of unexplained use of the plural in newspaper
descriptions of the deeds of "(the) Commandos".
In the militaries of most countries, commandos are distinctive
in that they specialize in assault on conventional military
targets. This is in contrast to other special forces units,
which specialize in counter-terrorism, reconnaissance, and
In World War I German raiding troops were called "Sturmtruppen"
or Storm Troopers they carried sub-machine guns mostly the MP-18. Stormtrooper, was a name used, by the Germans referring to the Shock troops, commandos, or special forces in general. Sturmmann, was the rank of "Stormtrooper"; they were a paramilitary organization of the German Nazi Party; also known as the SA, or Brownshirts.
Today the German Army currently operates the Fernspähkompanie
(Germany's elite long range reconnaissance company), and the
Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK).
In 1944-45, the Japanese special soldiers were called; Teishin
Shudan "Raiding Group" and Giretsu "heroic".
The Italian teams were called "Arditi" meaning "daring, brave
ones". Arditi was the name adopted by Italian Army elite storm
troops of World War I. The name derives from the Italian verb
Ardire ("to dare") and translates as "The Daring Ones".
They were formed in the summer of 1917 by Colonel Bassi, and
were assigned the tactical role of shock troops, breaching enemy
defenses in order to prepare the way for a broad infantry
advance. The Arditi were not units within infantry divisions,
but were considered a separate combat arm.
The British intended that their Army commandos to be small,
highly mobile surprise raiding and reconnaissance forces.
Following the British example, the Australian Army formed
commando units, known as Australian independent companies in the
early stages of World War II. They first saw action in early
1942 during the Japanese assault on New Ireland, and in the
Battle of Timor.
The Australian 1st Commando Regiment (1 Cdo Regt), a regimental
structure for the reserve commando companies—and 126 Signal
Squadron (Special Forces) was formed during the 1980s. It
adopted the green berets worn by its World War II predecessors.
New Zealand formed the Southern Independent Commando in Fiji
in 1942. Its primary function was to wage a guerrilla war on any
Japanese forces should they attempt to capture the strategically
important Fiji islands.
A joint Canadian-American Commando unit, the 1st Special Service
Force, nicknamed the Devil's Brigade, was formed in 1942 under
the command of Colonel Robert Frederick.
The Sacred band was a Greek special forces unit formed in 1942,
in the Middle East, composed entirely of Greek officers and
officer cadets under the command of Col. Christodoulos Tsigantes. It fought alongside the SAS in the Libyan Desert and with the SBS in the Aegean, as well as with General Leclerc's Free French Forces in Tunisia. It was disbanded in August 1945.
During 1941, the United States Marine Corps formed commando
battalions. The USMC commandos were known collectively as Marine
Raiders. They also formed Para-Commando Regiments and a Brigade
Immediate Reaction Cell.
During the Rhodesian Bush War of 1965-1980, the Rhodesian
military increased its usage of commando type of operations in
fighting against insurgents until the formation of Zimbabwe. In
the Rhodesian Light Infantry a Commando was also the name given
to its company sized units.
3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines is under the command of the
Royal Navy's Commander-in-Chief Fleet. All Royal Marines (other
than the Royal Marines Band Service) are commando trained on
entry to the Corps.
In 1968, the Canadian Airborne Regiment was formed. It was
divided into three Airborne Commandos each of company strength.
There are commando units in the Brazilian Army and in the navy.
In the Brazilian Army the main unit is the Brazilian Special
Operations Brigade. The Brazilian Navy have the COMANF
Amphibious Commandos of the Brazilian Marine Corps.
The Chilean commandos are known for their military bearing and
discipline, met with through preparation and a historic
tradition. The Army motto recited: "ever victorious never
Formed in 1966, the Para Commandos are the largest and most
important part of the Special Forces of India. They are highly-
trained units of the Indian Army, meant to operate behind enemy
The primary commando units of the Israel Defense Forces include
Shayetet 13, Sayeret Matkal and the Shaldag Unit. Shayetet 13 is
the elite naval commando unit of the Israeli Navy. S'13
specializes in sea-to-land incursions, counter-terrorism,
sabotage, maritime intelligence gathering, maritime hostage
rescue, and boarding.The unit is respected as among the best of
the world’s special forces.
Kopassus (a portmanteau of "Komando Pasukan Khusus" or "Special
Force Command") is an Indonesian Army special forces group that
conducts special operations missions for the Indonesian
government, such as direct action, unconventional warfare,
sabotage, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and
intelligence gathering. Kopassus was founded on 16th April 1952.
Special Service Group (SSG) is an independent commando division
of the Pakistan Army. It is an elite special operations force.
Official numbers are put at 2,100 men, in 3 Battalions; however
the actual strength is classified.
The Portuguese Army created the Comandos, during the Portuguese
Colonial War to conduct special actions in Portuguese territory
or abroad, to fight as assault infantry / shock troops and to
provide the high political and military commands with a force
able to conduct irregular operations. The first units were
created in Northern Angola in 1962.
The North Vietnamese produced some of the most effective
commando units of the post World War II era. Called sappers,
these units represented a force economy measure for the NVA
(North Vietnamese Army) and the Viet Cong.
With large scale conventional attacks increasingly untenable,
small commando operations came into their own, particularly
after the Tet Offensive, and at times inflicted severe damage
to US and ARVN troops and bases.
Afghan Commandos are the most modern having only formed in the
last few years. Their courage is outstanding; against all odds
these new Commandos are giving hope to a Nation who want to live
a life of freedom. Fighting against the Taliban, and Al-Qeada,
insurgents, armed crimminal gangs and many more Islamist
militant groups. And this in some of the most hostile territory
on the planet.
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