~ ABOUT THE WEB SITE ~
The website is "not for profit" and has no connection with any
military or government organisation. Any income from memberships pays the running
costs of the website with surplus funds used in support of forces' charities and
the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. For more information visit the website's accounts page.
Donations specifically for the Combined Operations Memorial Fund go directly into the fund
bank account which requires my signature and one other before the funds can be
Combined Operations is one
of the best kept secrets of WW2. Considering the enormity of its contribution to
the war effort there was, and still is, little public awareness of this amazing
and ubiquitous organisation. My interest was captured when, in the mid
1990s, my late father-in-law opened a Pandora's box of amazing events he was
involved in while working under the Combined Operations Command in WW2.
He had been
very secretive about his wartime service but, in 1991 a
university student researching early land based radar visited the location of a WW2 radar station near Anstruther
in Fife, Scotland. He chanced upon an elderly local man who knew little about
the radar station but he knew someone who worked there in the early 40s.
This was my father-in-law, John Glen. The student contacted John Glen for information and this
was the start of a voyage to recall and record details of his war-time service.
At this time there was virtually no information
about Combined Operations on the Internet and I set about writing a few web
pages. What I had not anticipated was the extent of the interest in the subject
and the support from veterans, their families, students and researchers,
literally from around the world. From these modest beginnings the website has
grown, and the final chapters are as elusive as ever! Grateful thanks to the
countless contributors to the website since 2001 without whom it would not
website aims to;
preserve the memory of Combined Ops and the thousands of all
nationalities who served,
provide a notice board for the posting of questions, comments,
opinions and answers to questions,
publish articles, stories, anecdotes, reminiscences, diary entries,
poems, photographs etc sent in by visitors to the site or from our own
provide links to other web sites specialising in the provision of
relevant historical information, WW2 records and veterans' welfare,
erect a National
Memorial to Combined Operations
in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire,
of the website is due, in no short measure, to the large number of
contributions, advice and comment received from visitors. These have added
greatly to the quality and diversity of the content (see
List of Members
for information on the major contributors). In 2013 the number of visits will be
John Glen's Wartime Service
father in law, John Glen, was a radar technician on board
Fighter Direction Tender (FDT) 217 which, together
with FDT 216 and FDT 13, provided radar cover for allied aircraft during
the D-day landings of June 1944. Before his posting to Combined Ops he
worked on top secret prototype and early operational radar stations around
the coast of Scotland.
On FDT 217 he was
in charge of a small team of five or six Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
volunteer servicemen and one or two British servicemen employed on radar
and communications maintenance. Radar played a small but important role
within the Combined Operations Command off the Normandy beaches.
There was no information about Combined Operations on the Internet
when John Glen told me about his wartime service in the late 90s so I started work on the website in the late
Autumn of 2000 and published the first pages in the Spring of 2001. Thanks
to hundreds of contributions from veterans, their families and friends of
Combined Operations, the website has grown into a significant record and
educational resource for the benefit of future generations. So long as
there is an interest in the website it will be available on line free of
Thank you for your interest and for
visiting the website.
Slee, Edinburgh, Scotland.