47 Royal Marine Commando An Inside Story 1943-1946 by Marc De Bolster

By Marc De Bolster

Forty seven Royal Marine Commando: An within tale 1943-1946 tells the tale of forty seven Royal Marine Commando through the moment international struggle according to own bills written via veterans who served during this bold unit. it's a tale of younger males who have been to play a key function in liberating Europe from Nazi tyranny. From the D-Day landings in Normandy to fierce battles in Holland, a few have been taken prisoner via the enemy and despatched to camps until eventually freed on the finish of the warfare in 1945.

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I thought about it for a few seconds and said ‘OK then, I’ll give it a go’. Needless to say, the nearest I got to the blue uniform was watching the Royal Marine bandsmen and the only sea service was in Landing Craft. Nevertheless, I never regretted joining the ‘Royals’ which I did on April 1st 1941. I was sent travel vouchers to go to a training depot at Exmouth in Devon. Fortunately, I met up with a number of other recruits on the train and by the time we got to Exmouth, we numbered around 30.

We must have climbed practically all the cliffs round Cornwall. They had started this climbing school in St Ives and the man in charge of it had been on one of the expeditions to Everest his name was Smythe I think. We were staying in people’s houses now no barracks, they would send men round the houses asking if they could take in one or two men for as long as we were in the area. The commando would arrive at a place they would tell you the house you were going to stay at, you would turn up there with all your kit and side arms give the lady your ration cards she would show you where you were going to sleep and that was it.

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. Secs 37, 38, 49 & 57. Assault Courses:– No. 1 Course (Obstacle Course); Physical fitness & fieldcraft. No. 2 Course (Bullet & Bayonet); Hip firing and assaults with bayonet over obstacles. No. 3 Course; Crossing a river by toggle bridge and single rope (‘The Death Ride’).

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