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Individual Unit Histories

  • Since their creation in 1942 Royal Marines Commandos have engaged on active operations across the globe, every year, except 1968. The origins of the Brigade can be traced to the formation of the first commando units after the British Army's retreat from Dunkirk in 1940, when Winston Churchill called for "specially trained troops of the hunter class, who can develop a reign of terror down these [German-occupied] coasts."
  • 40 Commando Royal Marines is based at Norton Manor Camp 2 miles North of Taunton, Somerset. The Unit was formed on the 14th February 1942 during the Second World War and moved to its present location in May 1983.
  • 42 Commando Royal Marines is based at Bickleigh Barracks a few miles outside Plymouth in Devon. The Unit was formed in August 1943 during the Second World War and moved to its present location on 16 September 1971.
  • 45 Commando Royal Marines is based at Royal Marines Condor in Arbroath, Scotland. It is one of three Commando Units that provide the cutting edge to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. The unit is trained and equipped for a wide range of operational tasks and regularly deploys to the most taxing of environments from tropical rain forest to arid desert, mountains or the cold of the arctic. 45 Commando was the first unit to specialise in the mountain and cold weather warfare role during the early 1970s.
  • Mission The role of Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines is to provide second line Combat Service Support to Headquarters 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in peace, in war and on operations other than war.
  • The origins of the modern day Commando Training Centre can be traced back to 1939, when the Corps expanded prior to the Second World War, resulting in the original camp being built for the training of reservists, and initially called the Royal Marines Reserve Depot.