British Commando WWII Patch Army No 3 Commando Title Red
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British Commando WWII Patch Army No 3 Commando Title Red

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British Commando WWII Patch Army No 3 Commando Title Patch Red 1944 embroidered on wool grey gauze fabric back 19mm by 104mm three quarter of an inches by four and one sixteenth inches.  

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No 3 Commando was a battalion-sized British Army commando unit formed in July 1940 from volunteers for special service and it was the first such unit to carry the title of Commando. Shortly afterwards the unit was involved in a largely unsuccessful raid upon the German-occupied Channel Island of Guernsey.

In 1941 No 3 Commando was involved in successful raids on the Lofoten Islands and Vaagso Norway before taking part in the Dieppe raid in August 1942 where it was tasked with knocking out a German coastal artillery battery on the eastern flank of the main landings although due to a chance encounter in the Channel with a German convoy a large majority of the Commando failed to make it ashore.

In early 1943 No 3 Commando was deployed to Gibraltar before moving to North Africa in April from where it took part in
the Allied invasion of Sicily and operations in Italy prior to being withdrawn to Britain to prepare for Operation Overlord. On D-Day the Commando went ashore as part of the 1st Special Service Brigade linking up with the 6th Airborne Division on the eastern flank of Sword Beach before being withdrawn. Later they took part in the Allied counterattack during the Ardennes Offensive in early 1945 before taking part in the advance into Germany as part of Operation Plunder. At the end of the war No 3 Commando carried out occupation duties in Germany before it was disbanded on 4 January 1946.

 

 

This patch dates from 1944.

 

 

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