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Friday, October 07, 2011

The Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge (Scotland)

About half an hour's drive from Croit Anna Hotel (in Fort William) is the Commando Memorial. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of all the Commandos who lost their lives while serving the country during the 1939-1945 War.

On our way to Inverness we stopped at the Commando memorial. It around a mile from the Spean Bridge village and offers spectacular views of the Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis. We went there in the month of August and it was beautiful. I could image how wonderful it must be in the December-January when it snows.


The memorial designed by Scott Sutherland was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth on 27th September 1952. It is a casr bronze sculpture which shows three Commandos standing on top of a stone plinth facing in the direction of Ben Nevis. The monument is around 17 feet tall and the top of stone plinth is inscribed with the text - "United we Conquer"


The original inscription on the plinth however reads - "In memory of the officers and men of the commandos who died in the Second World War 1939–1945. This country was their training ground."

The memorial is around 8 miles (25 minutes) from Fort William. So if you happen to visit Fort William, do make it a point to visit this place.
 

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