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The Commando Gunners

To become a Commando Gunner our soldiers must pass the arduous All Arms Commando Course held at Royal Marines Training Centre, Lympstone, which in turn earns them the right to proudly wear the coveted Green Beret.

29 Commando Regiment - The Green Beret

The Green Beret

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery are spearhead troops trained as amphibious, mountain and arctic warfare specialists, but also can equally operate at the other extreme in the desert or jungle.

The Commando Gunners are equipped with twelve 105mm Light Guns and also has Fire Support Teams (FSTs) trained to coordinate their firepower. The FST also coordinates other indirect fire support assets such as mortars, fast jets, attack helicopters and the guns from Royal Naval ships.
The batteries operate around the world on ship with the Royal Marines.

We have served in both Afghanistan and Iraq and 29 Commando provide offensive fire support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.

29 Commando Regiment Batteries

7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery

7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery Royal Artillery was formed in India on 17th June 1748 as Number 1 Company Bombay Artillery.

The ‘Sphinx’ honour title came from fighting the French in Egypt in the early 19th Century and Sphinx Day is celebrated by the Battery on 17th June each year.

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8 (Alma) Commando Battery

Raised in March 1755 as Captain R. Maitland’s Company. In 1809, it served in the Napoleonic Wars and fought under Wellington in the Peninsula before changing its title to 1 Company 3 Battalion Royal Artillery in 1825.

In 1954 the battery was awarded the Honour Title ‘Alma’. In 1960, the battery moved to the Royal Citadel, Plymouth and in 1962 became a Commando Battery, in support of 3 Commando Brigade.

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23 (Gibraltar 1779-83) Battery

The battery’s history can be traced back to February 1757 when it was first formed as Captain S Stracheys Company and was detailed immediately for service in America.

The Company fought well against the French and Spanish serving at the siege of Louisbourg, the battle for Niagra and in 1760 at the capture of Montreal.

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79 (Kirkee) Commando Battery

Raised on 13th October 1797 as the 6th Company of the Bombay Artillery in the Honourable East India Company.

The battery's battle honour dates from the Mahratta-Pindari wars, when four 12 pounder guns from the battery supported a column against a Mahattra Confederacy force of 35,000 at Kirkee near Poona. The accurate fire of the guns was critical to the outcome and the battery was awarded the honour title “Kirkee”.
79 Kirklee

148 (Meiktila) Commando

A detached sub unit of 29 Cdo Regt with Officers and other ranks from the Army, Royal Marines and Royal Navy. The unit is based alongside the Royal Marines in Poole. The battery consists of a HQ, seven 6-man Fire Support Teams and Motor Transport, Logistic, Signals and Vehicle Workshop departments. The battery provides the capability to coordinate and control Fixed and Rotary Wing Close Air Support, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Naval Gunfire, Mortars and Artillery in support of 3 Cdo Brigade RM.
148 Melktila

29 Commando Regiment History

29 Cdo History

The first Army Commandos were raised by a Gunner, Lt Col John Durnford-Slater RA in June 1940, following the defeat ending with the evacuation at Dunkirk, The Commandos struck at the German forces at a time when Britain was otherwise powerless. Raids were made on the coasts of Norway, France and the Mediterranean. By the time of the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944, the Commando forces were of a considerable size and had played a vital part on operations in all theatres of war.

After WWII the Commando role passed entirely to the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy’s amphibious infantry. Army Commando units ceased to exist. In the late 1950s, Britain’s defence policy began to stress the importance of a worldwide maritime strategy. The RN commissioned Commando Carriers such as HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion. The marines, who no longer had their own artillery gained support from an artillery Regiment.

During 1962, 29 Field Regiment RA were deployed with 25 Pounder guns in Aden and Kuwait, deterring Iraq from invading the oil fields. On the back of these deployments, the Regiment was re-roled as Commando Artillery. The newly formed 29 Cdo Regt RA trained for and passed the All Arms Commando Course at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone. It was a proud and historic moment when the first Army Commandos since the end of the War received their Green Berets on 15 May 1962. The 25 Pounders in service with the Regiment at that time were then replaced by the 105mm Pack Howitzer.

29 Cdo Regiment has deployed around the globe as part of 3 Commando Brigade, and in 43 years the Regiment has operated in every major conflict the Brigade has been involved in.

29 Commando Regiment Location

29 Cdo Regiment

Location of 29 Cdo Regiment

The Royal Citadel, Portsmouth, PL1 2PD

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