ww2 african front

In addition to the ten Commandos originally formed in Great Britain, several units were raised in the Middle East, the first of which was No. 50 Commando, seen here training in the late summer of 1940. Middle Eastern Commandos would see action in Crete, but loses were not replenished as 1941 came to a close, and they units folded, with many of the veterans finding their way into other special operations groups, such as the Long Range Desert Group and the SAS.

(Charles Messenger Collection)