~ COMBINED OPERATIONS ~

WW2 land, sea and air forces of the Allied Nations planning, training and operating together as a unified force on amphibious raids and landings against the enemy.

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 Approaching 500k visits per year to 200  web pages & 3000 photos.  General information at the bottom of this and every web page.

Please show your appreciation for those who served the Allied cause in WW2 by 'liking' the Combined Ops Facebook page. Many thanks.

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Except during traditional holiday periods, I aim to reply within 3 or 4 days, subject to the caveats below. The success of the website, is due to the many hundreds of people before you, who sent in information, photos, comments, suggestions and advice since April 2001. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks and best wishes. Geoff Slee. [Website owner, designer and publisher.]
 

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Information for Website. We welcome information or photographs by email attachment or by post (ask for details), book recommendations and proposals for links to other websites. Except for minor changes or additions nothing you send in will be published without your prior approval of the completed draft page or article. Click on the email icon opposite to send information. If  you're seeking advice or information or asking a question, please follow the guidance in the section immediately below . Yes Yes
Seeking Advice or Information. Please try the FAQ link at the top of the page - it includes, for example, information on service records and medals. I regret I can only reply to members whose subscriptions cover the cost of running this web site with surplus funds donated to charity or transferred into the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. Details on the Website Accounts page. In the unlikely event I'm unable to help with your enquiry your money will be refunded. Click on the email icon opposite to send your request. Yes No
Media/Press Enquiries. Please contact me by email in the first instance using the email link opposite. email is checked daily except during some traditional holiday periods. Yes Yes
Notice Boards. To add a message to any one of the website's three notice boards click on the email icon opposite. To see a Notice Board click here. Yes Yes
Roll of Honour Page. Family and friends of veterans who died in action or training while serving in the Combined Operations Command are invited to add veteran's details to this page in the way of a personal tribute. To see the ROH page click here and to nominate someone click on the email icon opposite. Yes Yes
'They Also Served' Page. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who served the Allied cause in Combined Operations and who were fortunate to return home after the conflict. To see the TAS page click here and to nominate someone click on the email icon opposite. Yes Yes
Feedback. We welcome general comments about the website, suggestions for additions or changes, reports of errors or omissions, broken links etc. All these will help us improve the website experience for future users. Click on the email icon opposite to send message. Yes Yes

News & Information

 

Memorial Maintenance

We have a small band of volunteers who take turns to visit the memorial each month, particularly during the growing season, to undertake routine maintenance such as weeding keeping the stones and slabs clear of bird dropping, lichen etc. and reporting on any issues. If you live near the National Memorial Arboretum and would like to find out more, please contact us.

Remember a Veteran

You can pay a personal tribute to veterans who served in, or alongside, the Combined Operations Command in WW2 by adding their details and optional photo to our Roll of Honour and They Also Served pages on this website.

Read the Combined Operations prayer.

Events and Places to Visit

To organisers: Reach the people who will be interested to know about your Combined Operations or war related event by adding it to our  webpage free of charge.

To everyone else: Visit our webpage for information on events and places to visit. If you know of an event or place of interest, that is not listed, please let us know.

To notify an event or place of interest, click here.

To visit the webpage click here.

Facebook

Why not join the thousands who visit our Facebook page about the Combined Operations Command in appreciation of our WW2 veterans.

See the 'slide shows' of the dedication ceremony and the construction of the memorial plus the 'On this day in 194?' feature where major Combined Ops events are highlighted on their anniversary dates with links to additional information.

You are welcome to add information, photos and comment or reply to messages posted by others.

Find Books of Interest 

Search for Books direct from our Books page. Don't have the name of a book in mind? Just type in a keyword to get a list of possibilities... and if you want to purchase you can do so on line through the Advanced Book Exchange (ABE). 5% commission goes into the memorial fund.

WW2 Combined Operations Handbook

This handbook was prepared for Combined Operations in the Far East. It illustrates the depth and complexity of the planning process necessary to ensure that the 3 services worked together as a unified force.

Restoration of Geoffrey Appleyard's  Memorial 

Click on the image if you'd like to contribute to the improvement of the memorial to Geoffrey Appleyard, DSO, MC and Bar, through the purchase of a limited edition print of a book about him. Geoffrey achieved so much in service with No 7 Commando, No 62 Commando, the Small Scale Raiding Force and the Second SAS Regiment. He was posted Missing in Action in July 1943, aged 26.

www.bramleywarmemorial.com/major-geoffrey-appleyard-book-now-available-for-purchase/

The Gazelle Helicopter Squadron Display Team

The Gazelle Squadron is a unique team of ex-British Military Gazelle helicopters in their original military colours and with their original military registrations. The core team includes four Gazelles, one from each service; The Royal Navy, The Royal Marines, The Army Air Corps and The Royal Air Force. A fifth Gazelle in Royal Marines colours will provide intimate support for the team. Their crest includes the Combined Operations badge. The last, and possibly, only time the badge was seen on an aircraft was in the early mid 40s. A photo of the Hurricane concerned is included in the 516 Squadron webpage.

Legasee Film Archive

As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee is looking for veterans from any conflict who would like to have their stories filmed for posterity. Films are now available on line. www.legasee.org.uk

New to Combined Ops?

Visit Combined Operations Explained for an easy introduction to the subject.

About Us?

Background to the website and memorial project, and a look to the future; plus other small print stuff and website accounts etc. Click here for information.

 

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