M1 Garands and Corcorans
thanks very much PD!!!It looks like the first pic is purported to be from the Lofoten Raid, Operation Claymore, 04 Mar 1941.
The Vaagso Raid, Operation Archery, took place on 27 December 1941.
The "Combined Operations" shoulder patch seems to have been 1942 issue. As the Commandos became more "uniform", various privately provided patches apparently were discouraged.
The early Commandos seem distinguished by sacking used to cover the helmets, bulky knit sweaters (naval?), toques, numbers of Thompsons in addition to the usual rifles and Brens. Various revolvers. Not sure how abundant FS knives were at this point, nor the toggle ropes.
Those appear to be wool gloves most are wearing. Jerkins and cloth bandoleers.
Interesting shot from Lofoten, with some kind of unit patch shown.