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From Omaha to the Scheldt: The Story of 47 Royal Marine Commando Paperback – 9 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: 47 Royal Marine Commando Association; 2nd edition edition (9 Mar. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0957524706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957524705
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.7 x 13.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Highly recommended ... a superb account of two of the most remarkable deeds performed by our forebears in what Churchill called their "long, rough, glorious history".' Maj General Julian Thompson 47 Royal Marine Commando played a distinguished part in the Second World War. It landed with the Allied D-Day force at Gold Beach, before breaching the German defences and marching 12 miles behind enemy lines to attack Port-en-Bessin. Outnumbered and outgunned, the men of 47 Cdo prevailed and the port, vital to the British Army's petrol supply and its link-up with the American troops at Omaha, was liberated. In the year that followed, the Commando fought a series of headlong battles with the retreating German army. This culminated in the landings at Walcheren, described by Eisenhower as one of the 'most gallant and aggressive actions' of World War II. John Forfar, their medical officer, is ideally placed to describe the reality of a commando unit at war: the intense dangers; the losses and triumphs; and the courage and determination of an elite fighting force. 'It is doubtful whether in their long, distinguished history, the Royal Marines have ever achieved anything finer.' Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks


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Parts of this account of 47 Royal Marine Commando's history read like fast-moving fiction.
The tough initial training at Achnacarry, where only the the mentally alert and fittest passed muster, is described with an insider's knowledge. Apart from the demanding assault course, "death slide" and other challenges to their endurance, men and officers were sent out to live off the land, the snow-covered Scottish hills. Thirty mile marches were undertaken and marksmen fired live ammunition close to them when they practised assaults. The course "set out to stress men to the limit, both physically and psychologically".
After Achnacarry, 47 Commando, 420 strong, trained for opposed landings at various places on the British coastline. They knew it was all for "the Second Front", the liberation of Europe, and they were destined for a vital role.
Landing in Normandy as part of Operation Overlord on D-Day, 6th June 1944, things went badly wrong. Landing craft were hit or disabled by beach hazards, large amounts of weapons, equipment and, worse, men, were lost. However, the survivors regrouped, salvaged what they could and, as planned, made their way inland through occupied territory. On the 7th, after stopping overnight on a hill behind and above Port en Bessin, they advanced on the town from the rear. Against all the odds, and with further casualties, the Commando prevailed.
Designated as the town where PLUTO, ("pipeline under the ocean"), would come ashore, the capture of the port was crucial. It would supply the petrol needed to maintain the Allied advance.
The Commando's other important landing took place in November in Holland.
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47 Commando landed on D Day, 6 June 1944, 420 men strong, and their war ended 11 months later on VE Day in May 1945. During this time they sustained over 100% casualties. This first class account of their capture of Port en Bessin in Normandy on 7 June 1944, and their subsequent fighting across north-west Europe (which included the last major amphibious landing at Walcheren in November 1944) is a "must read" if you have an interest in soldiering in WW2. General Dempsey, the British Army Commander at D Day rated 47's capture of Port en Bessin on a par with the far better known actions of 6th Airborne at "Pegasus" bridge and other targets on the eastern flank of the invasion. The story, which is written in an engaging style, is by the Commando Medical Officer, John Forfar, who was awarded a Mention in Despatches for his work at Port en Bessin and a Military Cross for great bravery at Walcheren, and who after the War went on to become an eminent Professor of Paediatrics. He explains in great detail what kept them going despite the grievous losses, and in a final chapters titled "Counting the Cost" and "Human Dimensions", studies in detail the casualties sustained and how the survivors fared in the years following the War. This June (2014) will see the small handful of the surviving gallant Commandos return to Normandy, and this book is a worthy and readable tribute to their achievements and their losses.
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The very best war stories are written by people who actually participated in the conflict. This is a prime example. The author has written in great detail the story of the commando in which he was the medical officer, from the formation of the unit , the arduous training , going ashore on D Day, advancing throgh France and the Netherlands and finally to the end of the war in Europe, What the author also achieves is showing the importance of the battle for Walcheren so that the port of Antwerp could be used by allied shipping . There are many examples of personal experiences , not just his own but others as well.
This is an authentic record of brave men who achieved so much.
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From the time they formed up, through Commando training, the D Day landing that saw heavy loss and their attack after a 12 mile march in to liberate Port en Bessin against 4 to 1 odds, follow up actions as they followed up through France, the landing on the island of Walcheren again against heavily defended positions after heavy losses on landing, the subsequent operations that led to the fall of Germany the book written by the Unit MO Dr J Forfar MC tells of courage and determination to carry out tasks that would have defeated most. The Veterans tell their story within it and the updated copy gives additional information bringing the reader up to date with what was achieved. Well written with all the sense of from the dramatic to "Royals" sense of humour it's a difficult book to put down once started. The achievements of the Cdo are respected by senior officers of WW2 and today plus it is looked at by the present day Marines as a guide to what the Commando training and ethos achieves. A must to read as the 70th Anniversary of D Day approaches.
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Not read yet but goes into my collection of books about royal marine commandos
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