1st Afridi Bn

Discussion in 'General' started by RosyRedd, May 18, 2011.

  1. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Just curious. In the 1943 5 ABW war diary (Al Mussaiyib, Iraq), it mentions:

    "1st Afridi Bn (Commandos) took over responsibility of Workshop Guards from 5th Guides."

    From the info I have found on the net The Khyber Rifles :: Khyber.ORG this battalion was raised in 1942 and served in Iraq, Iran and Syria. Does anyone know anything more about it -why they would have been called Commandos?

    Thanks.

    Jules.
     
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Rosy
    you might be missing the point here - some units were called commandos as they were very much - come and do this - come and do that - not ours of course who were fighting men.......especially against paras.....it's ok I live a long way off....
    Cheers
     
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  3. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Commando - Origin Dutch/Portuguese of Afrikaans = Kommando - mobile infantry usually mounted (horse) we also use the word commandant origin - Kommandant - commander of a commando.



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  4. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Rosy
    you might be missing the point here - some units were called commandos as they were very much - come and do this - come and do that - not ours of course who were fighting men.......especially against paras.....it's ok I live a long way off....
    Cheers

    :lol:

    Glad I didn't ask who the Guides were now! ;)
     
  5. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Commando - Origin Dutch/Portuguese of Afrikaans = Kommando - mobile infantry usually mounted (horse) we also use the word commandant origin - Kommandant - commander of a commando.

    Thank you! :D
     

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