The Commando Pocket Book 1940-1945
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The Commando Pocket Book 1940 – 1945 provides a fascinating insight into the training of the special service volunteer soldiers who formed the Commandos. It has been compiled from wartime training manuals and documents, including 1942 reports and lecture notes from the Commando Training Centre at Achnacarry in the Scottish Highlands.
The book covers the formation and organization of Commando Companies, including British, Anzac and Inter-Allied forces; outlining training methods, weapons handling, hand-to-hand combat, fieldcraft, orienteering and night operations
The Commandos were created by Winston Churchill in 1940 as a 'butcher and bolt' raiding unit to destroy vital targets in German occupied Europe. Recruits for this 'special service' were all volunteers, drawn from the British Army, and later, from the Royal Marines and other Allied armies.
Commando training was extremely demanding - men had to be physically fit, and show initiative, mental toughness and adaptability. The training courses were designed to cultivate these qualities and to simulate real battle experiences, which included the use of live ammunition. Commandos learned a diverse range of skills at dedicated training centres in the remote Scottish Highlands.
This pocket-book draws on authentic training manuals, lecture notes, course literature and other material from the commando schools to give a real insight into this highly specialized fighting unit - demonstrating how commandos were taught to live, fight and move on offensive operations, initially as raiding parties, and later as skilled assault infantry. Sections of the book cover the use of equipment - such as the COPPS canoe for beach reconnaissance and sabotage; and weapons training, including the Thompson submachine gun, the Bren gun, and the famous emblem of the commandos - the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife.
- 128 pages
- Published in 2012
Size: Approx. 120 mm (w) x 180 mm (h)
Author: Chris Westhorp
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