Sports day organised by No 2 Commando, Dumfries, 1941
Photograph, World War Two (1939-1945), 1941.
The photograph shows Lieutenant Colonel Augustus Charles Newman (1904-1972) playing rugby with a tobacco pipe in his mouth. Newman was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry during the St Nazaire Raid in 1942.
After the fall of France in June 1940, the British established a small, but well-trained and highly mobile, raiding and reconnaissance force known as the Commandos. The first recruits were volunteers selected from existing regiments in Britain.
Commando recruits were trained at special centres in Scotland. They learnt physical fitness, survival, orienteering, close-quarter combat, silent killing, signalling, amphibious and cliff assault, vehicle operation, the handling of different weapons and demolition skills. Any man who failed to live up to the toughest requirements would be 'returned to unit'.
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