No. 5 Commando

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5 Commando''' was a battalion-sized commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War.
The Commando units formed in the United Kingdom were: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8 (Guards), No. 9, No. 10 (Inter-Allied), No. 11 (Scottish), No. 12, No. 14 (Arctic), No. 30, and No. 62 Commando.

No. 1 Commando

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Following the end of the war the unit undertook occupation duties in Hong Kong where they were amalgamated with No. 1 Commando on 23 March 1946 to form 1/5 Commando before eventually being disbanded in February 1947. 5 Commando became part of the 3rd Special Service Brigade under the command of Brigadier Wilfred Nonweiler, along with Nos. 1, 42 (Royal Marine), and 44 (Royal Marine) Commandos.
After the war they were sent to reoccupy Hong Kong before being amalgamated with No. 5 Commando to form No.

3 Commando Brigade

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In late 1943 it was sent to India with the rest of the 3rd Special Service Brigade and subsequently took part in operations in Burma throughout 1944 and 1945. 5 Commando became part of the 3rd Special Service Brigade under the command of Brigadier Wilfred Nonweiler, along with Nos. 1, 42 (Royal Marine), and 44 (Royal Marine) Commandos.

No. 6 Commando

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5 Commando was amalgamated with No. 6 Commando becoming a company-sized element in the 5th Special Service Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Fetherstonhaugh, based at Helensburgh in Scotland.
6 Commando was amalgamated with No. 5 Commando and became a company-sized element in the 5th Special Service Battalion under Fetherstonhaugh's command and based at Helensburgh in Scotland.

Battle of Madagascar

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Formed in July 1940, the unit took part in a couple of small-scale raids in France in 1941 and contributed some personnel to Operation Chariot before taking part in the landings on Madagascar in 1942.
The British Army landing force included the 29th Independent Infantry Brigade Group, No 5 (Army) Commando, and two brigades of the 5th Infantry Division, the latter en route to India with the remainder of their division.

Special Service Brigade

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By the autumn of 1940 more than 2,000 men had volunteered for commando training, and what became known as the Special Service Brigade was formed into 12 units called commandos.
5 Special Service Battalion became No. 5 and No. 6 Commandos.

Operation Acid Drop

5 Commando's first operations were undertaken on the night of 30–31 August 1941, when two parties of fifteen men carried out landings near Hardelot and Merlimont in France as part of Operation Acid Drop.
This was the first commando raid carried out by No. 5 Commando and consisted of two simultaneous operations over the night of 30/31 August 1941.

No. 2 Commando

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These men were attached to the force under Lieutenant Colonel Charles Newman, who was the commanding officer of No. 2 Commando, which provided the main assault force for the raid.
Demolition Parties from No.2 Commando were supported by those drawn from No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 9 and No. 12 Commando.

No. 44 (Royal Marine) Commando

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5 Commando became part of the 3rd Special Service Brigade under the command of Brigadier Wilfred Nonweiler, along with Nos. 1, 42 (Royal Marine), and 44 (Royal Marine) Commandos.
The other units in the brigade were No. 1 Commando, No. 5 Commando and No. 42 (Royal Marine) Commando.

Battle of Hill 170

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Coming ashore in the second wave behind No. 42 (Royal Marine) Commando, No. 5 Commando carried the advance inland until they came under machine gun fire from a hill that had been named 'Rose' by the planning staff.

St Nazaire Raid

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Formed in July 1940, the unit took part in a couple of small-scale raids in France in 1941 and contributed some personnel to Operation Chariot before taking part in the landings on Madagascar in 1942.
The Special Service Brigade headquarters used the raid to provide experience for their other units and 92 men were drawn from Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 12 Commandos.

Battalion

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5 Commando''' was a battalion-sized commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War.

British Army

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5 Commando''' was a battalion-sized commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War.

France

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Formed in July 1940, the unit took part in a couple of small-scale raids in France in 1941 and contributed some personnel to Operation Chariot before taking part in the landings on Madagascar in 1942. 5 Commando's first operations were undertaken on the night of 30–31 August 1941, when two parties of fifteen men carried out landings near Hardelot and Merlimont in France as part of Operation Acid Drop.

India

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In late 1943 it was sent to India with the rest of the 3rd Special Service Brigade and subsequently took part in operations in Burma throughout 1944 and 1945.

Burma campaign

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In late 1943 it was sent to India with the rest of the 3rd Special Service Brigade and subsequently took part in operations in Burma throughout 1944 and 1945.

Hong Kong

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Following the end of the war the unit undertook occupation duties in Hong Kong where they were amalgamated with No. 1 Commando on 23 March 1946 to form 1/5 Commando before eventually being disbanded in February 1947.

Winston Churchill

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The commandos were formed in 1940, by the order of Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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The commandos were formed in 1940, by the order of Winston Churchill the British Prime Minister.

Admiral

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The man initially selected as the overall commander of the force was Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, himself a veteran of the landings at Galipoli and the Zeebrugge raid in the First World War.

Roger Keyes, 1st Baron Keyes

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The man initially selected as the overall commander of the force was Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, himself a veteran of the landings at Galipoli and the Zeebrugge raid in the First World War.

Gallipoli campaign

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The man initially selected as the overall commander of the force was Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, himself a veteran of the landings at Galipoli and the Zeebrugge raid in the First World War.

Zeebrugge Raid

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The man initially selected as the overall commander of the force was Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, himself a veteran of the landings at Galipoli and the Zeebrugge raid in the First World War.

World War I

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The man initially selected as the overall commander of the force was Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, himself a veteran of the landings at Galipoli and the Zeebrugge raid in the First World War.

Lieutenant colonel

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Each commando would number around 450 men commanded by a lieutenant colonel.