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RosslynClayton
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I?m trying to find out more about my g uncle Bill who served in WWII. From a bible in his effects, I found the following addresses.

RM How (howitzer?) Battery - Norway
RM 8 B (Battalion?) El Tahaq, Egypt
RM 8B Force Overt - what was Force Overt?
47 Royal Marines Commando (Force Viper) Ceylon

I wondering if anyone could provide more information about what he would likely have been doing in these locations and what Force Overt and Viper were.

I have attached a photo which is believed to be taken in Ceylon.

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Hi mate.

Google 47 commando they have an excellent website with nominal rolls for each troop.

Good luck.
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RosslynClayton
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Thanks Craig. I?ve done that but no success. I?ll have to wait for his service record.
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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03071846809420407?journalCode=rusi19



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Extracts from Royal Marines Museum

UNIT HISTORY SUMMARIES [Reproduced by the kind permission of J D Ladd from ?The Royal Marines 1919-2000?]


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In September 1941 Col (later Brigadier) C. T. Brown reconnoitred Addu Atoll, as a result MNBDO I provided 500 all ranks in force ?Overt?. This force was commanded by Brig C. T. Brown until he was killed in a flying accident, he was succeeded by Brig Lukis. The personnel of ?Overt? installed guns on; Addu Atoll; on other islands including those in the Seychelles; and on a tiny atoll in the Chagos Archipelago some 1,000 miles south?west of Ceylon.10 This small atoll of Diego Garcia would become familiar to Marines serving there in the 1990s with NP 1002. It is hot and humid with no land over six feet above sea level. During 1942 the landing points were blasted in the coral on these islands and roads were built linking the landing points to gun sites. Telephone cables were laid and a number of bridges were built for the Addu Atoll sites. In the autumn of 1942 the L & M Units of MNBDO I and RM Engineers returned to Addu Atoll to build Gan aerodrome.11 Although this airfield was abandoned after World War II, it was rebuilt in the 1950s as an RAF staging post, and is used by the USAF in the 1990s. (See also Naval Party 1002). A

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Aplogies for the late reply on this one but I have been away. Force Overt and Force Viper were before the existence of 47RM Commando.

A good account of these units can be found online as Kevin has stated i have added the image in case the link should be broken in time to come.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03071846809420407?journalCode=rusi19&#
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Thank you all for these. I had found and read these but was wondering if I had missed any further information or websites.
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Hi Rosslyn,
I see that Kevin & Pete have already pointed you in the direction of an article by A Cecil Hampshire, 'The Exploits of Force Viper', but there is also a book by the same author, 'On Hazardous Service', which may contain more detail.

But if you can get to the National Archives at Kew then it would be worth your while to read: WO 203/5708 - Operations on Force Viper (1942): a narrative account by Major D. Johnston, RM, Officer Commanding Force Viper.

There is also mention of Force Viper on this Website - http://www.rothwell.force9.co.uk/burmaweb/RangoonBattalionsBMP.htm

Hope this helps

Nick

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Hi Rosslyn,

This is an excerpt from HMSO booklet, 'The Royal Marines, The Admiralty Account Of Their Achievement 1939-43", regarding Force Viper - hope it is useful to you...

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Thank you for this information, particularly the last article. I found it very informative.
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Good luck with your research Rosslyn.

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