Middle East Commando

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Middle East Commando
Active 1942
Country  United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Commando
Role Coastal raiding force
Assault Infantry
Size Battalion
Part of Combined Operations
Engagements Second World War
Combined Operations
Shoulder Patch
Insignia of Combined Operations units it is a combination of a red Thompson submachine gun, a pair of wings, an anchor and mortar rounds on a black backing

Middle East Commando was a battalion sized British Commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War. The Commando was formed in the Middle East from the survivors of the Layforce Commando unit partly to placate Winston Churchill who championed the commando idea. In December 1940 a Middle East Commando depot was formed with the responsibility of training and supplying reinforcements for the Commando units in the Middle East.[1] The Middle East Commando was disbanded in 1942.


  1. ^ Moreman, p.19
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