Commando Operations in Norway ww2

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  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member


    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Claymore[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Gauntlet[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Anklet[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Archery[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Musketoon[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Freshman[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Cartoon[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Crackers[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Brandy[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Operation Checkmate[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=-1] The word ‘commando’ today conjures up many images of small bands of elite soldiers carrying out raids deep behind enemy lines. Much of this comes from some of the first operations carried out by British and allied ‘commandos’ during WWII in Norway.[/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=-1]The term ‘commando’ itself came from the Boer war in South Africa from 1899-1902 where bands of irregular Boers called ‘commandos’ would strike swiftly and suddenly at the British army. [/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=-1]This then was the name to be given to the new force of volunteers being formed in 1940 after Winston Churchill had decreed that Britain must be able to strike back at the Germans so as to keep up morale, tie down German forces and to foster an offensive spirit into an army and people who were staring into the face of an invasion. [/SIZE][/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=-1] This article gives a brief description of the commando raids conducted in Norway by the British and Norwegian commandos during WWII.[/SIZE][/FONT]

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