Spean Bridge in Kilmonivaig, Scotland, United Kingdom
In the summer of 1949 when Britain's fortunes in World War II were at their lowest ebb and an enemy invasion was threatened Winston Churchill boldly ordered the raising of an elite force to raid the enemy-held coastline of Europe and regain the initiative. The new units, which initially consisted of volunteers from regiments and corps of the Britain Army, were called 'Commandos'.
Within weeks they were in action in Europe later in the Middle East and the Far East. During the next five years they fought in every theatre of war with such success that the word 'Commando' became feared by the enemy- yet respected by friendly forces.
In 1942 the Commando Basic Training Centre was established in the Scottish Highlands at Achnacarry. There potential Commando soldiers (who by then came from not only the British Army but also the Royal Marines and Allied Armies) underwent their tough and purposeful training. Only those who successfully completed all the course were accepted and privileged to wear the famous Green Beret. This distinctive head-dress was acknowledged as the hallmark of the highest standard of military training, self-discipline, physical endurance, initiative, bravery and courage, whilst under the simple motto 'United We Conquer' a comradeship beyond literary description was born, fostered and flourished.
This plaque was unveiled on the occasion of the Freedom of Lochaber being conferred on The Commando Association on the 13th November, 1993.
Location. 56° 53.875′ N, 4° 56.643′ W. Marker is in Spean Bridge, Scotland, in Kilmonivaig. Marker is on A82 just south of B8004, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge.
Also see . . . BBC Spean Bridge Commando Memorial. (Submitted on July 23, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
Additional keywords. Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge
Categories. • War, World II •
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