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In search of a lost Commando: a personal account of No. 3 ‘X’ Troop, No. 10 Inter-Allied Commando

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intelligence History
Published9 Nov 2015

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No. 3 Troop (Inter-Allied) Commando was perhaps the strangest of all British army units in the Second World War. Created out of enemy aliens to fight for the allied side, united in their intense hatred of Nazism, these were the original ‘Inglorious Basterds’. The Commandos were trained to their outer limits and were skilled in everything from intelligence work to mountainous marches in the dark with no compasses. This article recounts the story of No. 3 Troop focussing, in particular, on the role of Sergeant Walter Thompson, who was captured behind enemy lines in the aftermath of D-Day. It is a fascinating story of derring-do and illustrates the British Army’s innovative approach to using foreign soldiers.

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