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    On the 20th of this month a force of I.700 U.S. Marines and 600 British?

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    The Commanders of this operation were (as seen on coverage from left to right):

    I+ Admiral Sir Charles Madden Brit. (commander of British Forces)

    2- Admiral Charles R. Brown U.S. (commander of Sith Fleet)

    3- Rear Admiral William K. Romoser U.S. (commander in chief of Operation)

    4- Brigadier R.W. Maddoc Brit.

    This scene was taken aboard the unit which commanded the operation.

    These are some of the important points concerning Exercise COMBINE.

    Countries Involved - United States, Great Britain, Italy

    Landing Site - Porto Teulada, Sardinia

    Type of Operation - Complete amphibious assault landing, including air and naval gun fire support and "aggressor" forces.

    Ships - (1) U.S. Ships - Total 19

    Amphibious Transport Group including 1 command ship, 2 transports, 1 cargo ship, 1 dock landing ship, 1 tank landing ship, 1 high speed transport.

    Fire Support ships - 2 cruisers, 2 destroyers

    Screen ships - 3 destroyers

    Mine Warfare ships - 4 minesweepers

    Aggressor ship - 1 submarine

    (2) British Ships - Total 23

    Amphibious Transport Group including 1 hospital landing ship, 2 tank landing ships, 2 tank landing crafts and 1 motor launch.

    Fire Support ships - 2 cruisers, 2 destroyers

    Screen ships - 5 destroyers

    Mine Warfare ships - 7 minesweepers

    Aggressor ship - 1 submarine

    (3) Italian Ships - Total 4

    Mine Warfare Ships - 3 minesweepers

    Aggressor ship - 1 submarine

    Personal - 1700 U.S. Marines

    600 Royal Marines

    3 U.S. Underwater Demolition Teams

    2 Italian Assault Swimmer Teams

    Aircraft - Air support by carrier based U.S. planes.

    Commanders - W. K. NOMOSER, RADM, USN, Commander Amphibious Group FOUR, Commander Task Force 61 is in overall command of the operation.

    BRIG. GEN. R. K. ROTTET, USMC, Commanding General First Provisional Marine Force is in command of marine forces.

    Sir Charles MADDEN, RADM, RN is the senior British Officer.

    Arrige BARBI, LCDR, Italian Navy is the senior Italian Officer.


    ATTENTION: Am including local newspaper clipping (in English) and mimeographed sheets concerning event and persons commanding it.

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    Background: On the 20th of this month a force of I.700 U.S. Marines and 600 British Royal Marine Commandos staged an invasion of the island of Sardinia. The operation began at 7 am with a force of 46 British, U.S. and Italian warships converging on the southern tip of Sardinia. The men taking part in the operation stormed ashore at Porto Teulada.

    This NATO landing exercise was observed by high ranking officers of the Nations participating in it and was called "Operation Combine".

    Gunfire for coverage of landing was furnished by destroyers and cruisers of the U.S. Sith Fleet and British Mediterranean fleet. Air support came from planes based on a U.S. Carrier in the Mediterranean.

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