In 1942 a training camp was set up at Achnacarry Castle in the Western Highlands of Scotland. The troops trained here were not just from Britain but from countries all over Europe, such as France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The six week training course at Achnacarry had to be completed in order to be posted to a commando unit. The site was chosen for this purpose due to its remoteness and severe weather.
Though today commandos in the British armed forces are usually associated with the Royal Marines, during the Second World War they were formed from men from the British army as well. The commandos were an elite unit, trained for the most difficult operations. On D-Day, commandos went ashore on the flanks of the landings and carried out specialist tasks such as reinforcing the airborne troops who had landed in the area of Pegasus Bridge, or capturing the small port of Port-en-Bessin.
|Address||Achnacarry, Highland PH34 4EJ, UK|
|Location type||Troop Camp|
|Site Ownership and Access Information||Part of the area has public access or can be visited by the public. The Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry and the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge can both be visited.|
|Contact details||The Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry includes display about the Commando training here: http://www.clan-cameron.org/museum.html. The impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge is about one mile to the south-east of Achnacarry, and can be visited by the public. For details on accomodation at Achnacarry, see: http://www.achnacarry.com/.|
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