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Posted on Wednesday 27th June

Last week, Warfare reported on the progress of the Rabbi Relay Ride, cycling for charity from Land's End to John O'Groats. The ride is still going strong and is currently making its way across Scotland with the finish line in sight!

Michael Leventhal of Frontline Books has kept us up to date with their progress since we met them on 18 June when they passed through Yorkshire, and has sent us this photograph of the Commando Memorial which stands in a magnificent setting in the Scottish Highlands.

The 17 feet tall bronze statue is a listed structure and stands near the village of Spean Bridge and features three Commandos dressed in Second World War uniforms, looking south towards Ben Nevis. A plinth beneath their feet is inscribed with the words United We Conquer, and a plaque below reads:

'In memory of the officers and men of the Commandos who died in the Second World War 1939–1945. This country was their training ground.'

The Commando Basic Training Centre was established at Achnacarry Castle, around 6 miles from the site of the monument in 1942. After arriving by rail into Spean Bridge, volunteers had to march to headquarters in under one hour to be eligible for the course. Intensive training was then carried out over large parts of Lochaber.

The Memorial was designed by Scott Sutherland in 1949 and unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1952. An Area of Remembrance has since been established nearby and many who served with the Commandos during the Second World War have had their ashes placed there.

Pen and Sword Books will be donating 10% of sales from their guide to Jewish history and genealogy, Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors by Rosemary Wenzerul to The Rabbi Relay Ride, who are aiming to raise £100,000 from their charity cycle.

Further Reading

It Had to be Tough

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It Had to be Tough

(Paperback - 208 pages)
by James Dunning

It Had to Be Tough tells the fascinating story of the origins of the Commandos (Britain's first Special Service troops and the forerunners of today's Parachute Regiment, the SAS and the SBS). The Commandos were raised on the specific and personal orders of Winston Churchill in the dark days of the summer of 1940 when these islands faced the real threat of a Nazi invasion. It was a bold, but typically Churchillian, decision.
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