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VikingGrandad
03-30-2007, 05:38 PM
I've just got around to uploading some photos I took on a recent 4 day road trip around Scotland with my girlfriend (it was all on her expenses too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif). On the journey from Inverness to Fort William, I noticed a road sign which said 'Commando Memorial'. A little further down the road, we saw the monument and stopped in the nearby car park to pay a visit.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/CommandoMemorial.jpg

The imposing, thought-provoking monument commemorates the commandos who trained in the surrounding countryside and mountains during WW2. I was so impressed with the memorial and its location, I took some photos which you may be interested to see (luckily, the Scottish weather was good!).

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01667.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01672.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01673.jpg

The nearby memorial garden:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01679.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01678.jpg

Engraved plaque on the bench...

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01676.jpg

...on which I sat to take in the awesome view of the monument silhouetted against the Grampian Mountains:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC01677.jpg
(I think Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, is on the right of the photo)

Zengaze
03-30-2007, 06:14 PM
That my friend is beautiful, though i am a pacifist these days and a total cynic as to the reasons young men are sent to die while others prosper and profit and toast their success with the blood of the slain fools, as a former soldier a scene like that stirs the soul.

We are all contradictions.

Heinrich505
03-30-2007, 10:56 PM
VikingGrandad,
Who could not be impressed by the stirring monument and the unbelievable setting where it is located. Thanks for the amazing photographs. I was not aware that it existed, but I know now.

Heinrich505

VikingGrandad
03-31-2007, 03:57 PM
I'm glad you like the photos guys. It was certainly an experience I will never forget.

Celeon999
04-01-2007, 10:37 AM
Impressing pictures http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Realjambo
04-01-2007, 01:35 PM
Thanks for sharing VG. The dramatic scenery can only lend gravitas to the memorial, and rightly so.

VikingGrandad
04-02-2007, 12:10 PM
If you're interested, here's some info I found about the Commandos' activities in the area, and the memorial:

Commando Monument (http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/features/featurefirst10038.html)

The Commando Trail (http://www.highland-glens.co.uk/commandos/index.htm)

The Commando Commemorative March (http://www.combinedops.com/Commando%20March%202007.htm)

Final farewell for men of steel (http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1314552004)