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An officer in the Royal Artillery who eventually rose to the rank of Brigadier, John Frederick Durnford-Slater, DSO, and bar, was a British Army officer, credited with establishi­ng the first Army commando unit during the Second World War. Responsibl­e for developing many of aspects of the commando concept, he commanded No. 3 Commando during raids on Guernsey, the Lofoten Islands, Vaagso, and Dieppe and then during Operation Husky – the invasion of Sicily. In Italy he commanded the 2nd Commando Brigade that undertook the capture of Termoli, before serving as deputy commander of the Special Service Group, a divisional level headquarte­rs unit that planned and administer­ed all commando operations during Operation Overlord and the ultimate advance into Germany.

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