By Sea, by Land: The Authorised History of the Royal Marines by James Ladd

By James Ladd

The Royal Marines are revered world wide as one of many actually elite combating forces. Researched with energetic co-operation of the Royal Marines, this article is the respectable background of the corps from the top of worldwide warfare I to the current day. the most cmapaigns are illustrated with maps and there's a finished checklist of orders of conflict and unit association.

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Two companies of Guards Brigade land to join Norwegians near Salagen north-east of Narvik. Monday -15 April: Germans advance north from Oslo along railway line to Trondheim where other units had earlier seized the port and coast batteries. HMS Rodney and HMS Renown return to Scotland, while HMS Warspite and Furious off Lofoten Islands cover initial landings of Rupert Force - with 6,000 troops, including elements of the Guards Brigade, coming ashore at Harstad. Tuesday -16 April: Maurice Force, a British brigade, begins landing this night at Namsos 150 miles north of Trondheim.

The rest of the gun crew were seamen who passed and loaded the ammunition from boxes lashed on the gun platform. When the ship reached Nova Scotia, without any issue of winter clothing, Harry Wright was cold and his guns froze so that a bare hand touching the steelwork would be skinned. Her cargoes of wheat from Halifax, coal to Gibraltar, sugar from Trinidad (West Indies), steel from Sydney (Australia) meant many weeks at sea and some action. Coming down the Channel in mid-July 1940, Brookwood was attacked by bombers in one of a series of air attacks that sank 40 Allied ships that month.

Meanwhile the Royal Marines' roles in amphibious and other warfare were being examined, for 'their functions . . 3 This Committee had been set up after the Adjutant General of the Royal Marines, General Blumberg, had urged in 1922 and again in 1923 - the year the RMA and RMLI were amalgamated - that the roles of the Corps be defined. 4 Points raised in the various papers prepared for submission to the Committee bring out a number of revealing truths which indicate the senior Marine officers' awareness of the Corps' problems in 1924 and their determination to solve these difficulties.

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