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Formation of 40 Cdo RM

Unit/ Formation: 40 Cdo RM Location: Great Britain Period/ Conflict: World War II Year: 1942 Date/s: 12 October 1942

Formed at Deal with ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘X’ Companies in February 1942 as The RM Commando, it was briefly known as ‘A’ RM Commando (12–18 October 1942) before being designated 40 RM Commando In August 1945 retitled 40 RM Commando (Light) until personnel disbanded but 44 RM Cdo in Hong Kong was later redesignated 40 Commando RM.

On the original formation in 1942 the personnel were mainly volunteers from RM battalions , with an officer and 80 men of 8th Argylls; a USMC officer and two other ranks in the summer of 1942 were the first of several American Marines to serve with 40 RM Cdo.

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