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  • Australian 1 Commando Regiment

    Can anyone tell me when Australia'a 1 Commando Regiment was formed?

    Was it formed from an independant commando company?

  • #2
    There's a brief history of the unit, including the information you're after, at: www.defence.gov.au/army/1commando/

    A regimental history of 1 Cdo Regiment is aparently going to be released later this year.
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    • #3
      I think this is the book that you mention - it looks very good...

      "Peter Collins, Strike Swiftly - The Australian Commando Story..

      The inspirational story of commando service in Australia starts with the early Independent Companies and their remarkable exploits against the Japanese in WWII. In the Cold War era, two commando companies were raised and soon expanded to include signallers before becoming a regiment.

      These part time soldiers have diverse civilian occupations but all are bonded by a remarkable spirit that illuminates this book. Over the years commandos have built up an enviable honour roll; several were awarded the very highest decorations for gallantry.
      Strike Swiftly, The Australian Commando Story gives a remarkable insight into a close-knit unit of highly trained individuals with extraordinary skills.

      Commandos awarded the coveted green beret have specialist qualifications in roping and rappelling, parachuting and amphibious operations. Training is always high-risk; sometimes hair-raising, but often humorous. Strike Swiftly, The Australian Commando Story gives insight into the events and characters that have shaped this superb Regiment over the last half century.

      350 signed and numbered copies of this limited edition are being created. Each copy bound by a master book binder in dyed kangaroo leather and buckram with gold and silver debossed title and insignia. A collector’s item, and a once in a life time opportunity.

      Author, Peter Collins, is a former Honorary Colonel of 1 Commando Regiment and served with 1 RNSWR (Commando) in 1969. He is also a Commander in the RAN Reserve. Earlier in his career, he worked as a journalist for ABC television including the Four Corners program.

      He was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1981 and during his political career held many portfolios including Attorney General, Health, and the Arts.

      His previous book The Bear Pit was an exposé of NSW state politics.

      ISBN 0 949284 70 X
      336 pp Hardback
      Four colour throughout
      240 x 270mm"


      ref.http://www.watermarkpress.com.au/general.htm
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Avalon
        I think this is the book that you mention - it looks very good...
        Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy


        Originally posted by Avalon
        He was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1981 and during his political career held many portfolios including Attorney General, Health, and the Arts.
        He was also the leader of the opposition (in which he played a key role in his party losing by an even greater margin than it had previously!).
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        • #5
          I am currently seeking any information regarding the organization of the Australian commando units, esp. the two companies raised in 1955 and then, in 1981, formed the 1st Commando Regiment.

          Any input would be welcomed.

          Best regards,
          Piotr

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Avalon View Post
            I think this is the book that you mention - it looks very good...

            "Peter Collins, Strike Swiftly - The Australian Commando Story..

            The inspirational story of commando service in Australia starts with the early Independent Companies and their remarkable exploits against the Japanese in WWII. In the Cold War era, two commando companies were raised and soon expanded to include signallers before becoming a regiment.

            These part time soldiers have diverse civilian occupations but all are bonded by a remarkable spirit that illuminates this book. Over the years commandos have built up an enviable honour roll; several were awarded the very highest decorations for gallantry.
            Strike Swiftly, The Australian Commando Story gives a remarkable insight into a close-knit unit of highly trained individuals with extraordinary skills.

            Commandos awarded the coveted green beret have specialist qualifications in roping and rappelling, parachuting and amphibious operations. Training is always high-risk; sometimes hair-raising, but often humorous. Strike Swiftly, The Australian Commando Story gives insight into the events and characters that have shaped this superb Regiment over the last half century.

            350 signed and numbered copies of this limited edition are being created. Each copy bound by a master book binder in dyed kangaroo leather and buckram with gold and silver debossed title and insignia. A collector’s item, and a once in a life time opportunity.

            Author, Peter Collins, is a former Honorary Colonel of 1 Commando Regiment and served with 1 RNSWR (Commando) in 1969. He is also a Commander in the RAN Reserve. Earlier in his career, he worked as a journalist for ABC television including the Four Corners program.

            He was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1981 and during his political career held many portfolios including Attorney General, Health, and the Arts.

            His previous book The Bear Pit was an exposé of NSW state politics.

            ISBN 0 949284 70 X
            336 pp Hardback
            Four colour throughout
            240 x 270mm"


            ref.http://www.watermarkpress.com.au/general.htm
            The book and the author sound interesting. I remember Peter Collins from years gone by from his political and other exploits, which Avalon has mentioned above. I vaguely knew that Collins was involved in the Army Reserve at one time or another in some capacity but did not realise the extent of his Reservist service: that is I did not know that he was in 1 RNSWR as far back as 1969 nor did I know that he is as an RAN Reserve officer. Interesting is all I can say. He certainly has the right background to write such a book. And you are quite right, Avalon, the story of the Independent Companies is indeed inspirational. I will have to get a copy of Collins' book on the Australian Commando story. I repeat, author and book sound interesting. Thanks for the information.

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