Independent Company

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An Independent Company was a formation of the British Army during the Second World War. Initially there were 10 independent companies, who were raised from volunteers in second line Territorial Army divisions in April 1940. They were intended for guerrilla-style operations in Norway following Operation Weserübung. Each of the 10 companies initially consisted of 21 officers and 268 other ranks.[1] Another company was formed, No. 11 Company which was raised after the other Independent Companies on 14 June 1940. It was formed by asking for volunteers from the men already serving in the other companies and had an establishment of 25 officers and 350 other ranks. No.11 Company took part in the first British commando raid, Operation Collar[1]


The 10 initial companies were formed from volunteers from Territorial Army divisions:[2]


  1. ^ a b Moreman, p.13
  2. ^ (Retrieved 8 Mar 2012)


  • Moreman, Timothy Robert (2006). British Commandos 1940-46. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-986-X.

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