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Time for an Inter-Allied Commando?

#1
In WWII there was No. 10 (Inter-Allied) commando, with soldiers from all over, including Germany. Isn't it time we raised another similar unit?

It could take volunteers from all over Europe, trained soldiers only of course, get them Commando-trained and give them the opportunity to work for Britain on ops.

I know the French have tried it, but this would be a proper fighting unit :twisted:
 
#3
craftsmanx said:
This must be Tony Bliar sounding out for a European Army. Why should we have foreigners in a British Commando?[/quote]

What, like South Africans, Kenyans, or Fijians?
 
#4
craftsmanx said:
This must be Tony Bliar sounding out for a European Army. Why should we have foreigners in a British Commando?
Foreigners in the British military??? Are you thick? - That would never work! :)

CC_TA
 
#5
Surely it would be tactical suicide to train a group of men together, get them used to unit tactics - and then have 20% of the force undeployable due to their government holding out a veto on the operation?

look what happened over invoking NATO clauses on Afghanistan - which nations refused to supply combat troops, which have refused to deploy air support when requested - its only going to work if deployed under central commend independent of national governments with no right of veto, and thats never realistically going to happen


edit - ah, on rereading I realise you are talking about an equivalent to the foreign legion - havent we already got an organisation like that the legion.
 
#9
craftsmanx said:
This must be Tony Bliar sounding out for a European Army. Why should we have foreigners in a British Commando?
You can call me a cnut, but don't ever, ever, EVER call me Tony Blair :evil:
 
#10
angular said:
In WWII there was No. 10 (Inter-Allied) commando, with soldiers from all over, including Germany. Isn't it time we raised another similar unit?

It could take volunteers from all over Europe, trained soldiers only of course, get them Commando-trained and give them the opportunity to work for Britain on ops.

I know the French have tried it, but this would be a proper fighting unit :twisted:
When we already have the best commando brigade in the world already - I have to ask the question why? (Quite aside from the fact we can't afford it)
 
#11
Please God no!

Only becase it would give Royal Marines even more opportunity to bore us all with their 'they are not proper commandos unless they have done blah blah weeks at Lympstone (instead of op tours of course) and they should not be wearing 'our' beret etc etc ad infinitum.
 
#12
BlotBangRub said:
Please God no!

Only becase it would give Royal Marines even more opportunity to bore us all with their 'they are not proper commandos unless they have done blah blah weeks at Lympstone (instead of op tours of course) and they should not be wearing 'our' beret etc etc ad infinitum.

:D Fair one, sorry I brought it up. :D
 
#13
Plus No. 10 Commando wasnt a real fighting force as the rest of the commandos were they provided translaters etc and troops for sneaky beaky ops etc
 
#14
I still reckon an extra battlegroup of trained soldiers would always be welcome. There MUST be some in Greater Europe who would welcome a proper operational tour. A company group from the Bundeswehr, a fire team from Belgium, it all adds up...
 
#15
angular said:
I still reckon an extra battlegroup of trained soldiers would always be welcome. There MUST be some in Greater Europe who would welcome a proper operational tour. A company group from the Bundeswehr, a fire team from Belgium, it all adds up...
Yep - it all adds up. It adds up to a huge potential cluster. Anyone served on an ARRC exercise? Anyone seen the problems and friction you get with all these guys in an exercise environment in a giant shed? let alone being under contact in some far flung land, and thats before you throw in the language issue.
 
#16
meiktilaman said:
Plus No. 10 Commando wasnt a real fighting force as the rest of the commandos were they provided translaters etc and troops for sneaky beaky ops etc
You're thinking of No.3 (British) Troop No. 10 IA Commando, they were enemy aliens and were mostly employed in the roles you mention. Although some of the others were detached, many more were used as regular commando troops.

Read Ian Dear's 'Ten Commando' for more details.

Here's a couple of interesting links for you:

http://home.online.no/~gestrom/history/n5t10frm.htm

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/ww2/sugar13.html
 
#17
[quote="Mr_Bridger] When we already have the best commando brigade in the world already - I have to ask the question why? (Quite aside from the fact we can't afford it)[/quote]

No mate, it's only one Bn of the Rifles that will be commando trained.
 

chrisg46

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#18
No real reason why a British Foreign Legion cant work i reckon... we wouldhave to start from scratch, with basic trainging et al, otherwise foreign govts would have a say in their deployemnt, if they are already trained soldiers.
 
#19
Mr_Bridger said:
angular said:
I still reckon an extra battlegroup of trained soldiers would always be welcome. There MUST be some in Greater Europe who would welcome a proper operational tour. A company group from the Bundeswehr, a fire team from Belgium, it all adds up...
Yep - it all adds up. It adds up to a huge potential cluster. Anyone served on an ARRC exercise? Anyone seen the problems and friction you get with all these guys in an exercise environment in a giant shed? let alone being under contact in some far flung land, and thats before you throw in the language issue.
My original idea was to take volunteers from other countries, and dress and equip them with British weapons and RoE, terms and conditions etc., more as a kind of operational exchange visit than an ARRC clusterfcuk.

As the idea seems to be about as popular as a rabbi in Mecca, it'll probably never take off :wink:
 

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