By Marc De Bolster
Forty seven Royal Marine Commando: An within tale 1943-1946 tells the tale of forty seven Royal Marine Commando throughout the moment global battle in keeping with own bills written by way of veterans who served during this ambitious unit. it's a tale of younger males who have been to play a key function in releasing Europe from Nazi tyranny. From the D-Day landings in Normandy to fierce battles in Holland, a few have been taken prisoner by way of the enemy and despatched to camps until eventually freed on the finish of the struggle in 1945.
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This particular day it was our turn and they picked me as guard Cdr, wrong place at the wrong time again. The guard lasts for 24 hrs with the men doing 2 hrs on and 1 hrs off and it was going very well until the General Officer commanding the area decided to pay a surprise visit, bad habit of mine being in the wrong place. You turn the guard out for a General, so the ... on the gate shouted ‘guard turn out’ we turned out and formed up I saluted him and he decided to inspect the guard, while he was walking round he was asking questions about the training we were doing, were we doing aircraft recognition and so on, this was a bit dodgy with doing dock and farm work, we were not doing any of these things, on the spur of the moment I decided to tell him we were doing this training when he asked and even pointed out the places where we did them.
2-inch mortar:– Handling, Smoke. TOET. TSMG:– Holding and firing, stripping. Pistol. Snipers Rifle. Sten. Fieldcraft (MT Pamphlet No. 33 and Handbook of Fieldcraft and Battle Drill). Day:– Individual and Section Stalks. Patrols. Wood clearing. Village clearing. Night:– Individual Stalk. Patrols. ‘Me and My Pal’ Assault Course. Bivouacking and Cooking in the Field:– Construction of camp fires. Methods of dealing with Mess tin ration. Royal Marines LCA beach assault training. (Press release photo) Street and Village Fighting:– Handbook of Fieldcraft and Battle Drill.
Managed to get a trip on an air-sea rescue launch where it was going flat-out it felt as though it was going to take off, enjoyed it. After a few weeks in Tenby we moved to a hutted camp on the south coast and it was here that the powers that be decided we should become commandos, it was a volunteer job. There is an old saying the forces never volunteer for anything, but nobody seems to take any notice of it. So when they asked, the majority volunteered and those that didn’t were posted to other jobs, I think a lot went as landing craft crews.
47 Royal Marine Commando An Inside Story 1943-1946 by Marc De Bolster