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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033728
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Overall a book that covers an often overlooked group of men, who have been able to perform quite well whenever called upon. A book I know you will enjoy reading." -Scott Van Aken, "www.modelingmadness.com "(August 2009)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 July 2009
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Having served with British airborne forces and alongside Royal Marine Commandoes, I am able to recognise that calibre of young man who would suit such service. No country can claim to have a monopoly on such men, the only thing which makes them different is the training they receive, the equipment with which they are issued and, eventually, the experiences they accumulate. In this work we have a no-nonsense appraisal of the Royal Marine Commando from 1950 to 1982.

Not all British commandoes are (or were) from the Royal Marines, those that were formed an integral part of the Royal Navy. Commandoes commenced a new phase in their history by conducting clandestine operations during WW2 and became so successful at destroying targets near the coast of mainland Europe Hitler issued an edict that all captured commandoes would be shot as spies. Such are the foundations of legend.

Created in 1664 from the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment as Royal Marines, it was not until 1942 they became Royal Marine Commandoes. Although the book itself commences with a chronology which takes the reader from 1942 to current operation is Afghanistan, this book is confined to the post war period of 1950 to 1982. During that time this force saw service in Malaya, Korea, East Africa, Cyprus, Suez, Kuwait, Aden, Yemen, Borneo, Northern Ireland and finally the Falklands War.

There are detailed sections on enlistment, training, equipment used in different theatres and campaigns, dress from the Arctic to the tropics and even daily life. All of this is supported by excellent artwork and a first rate series of historic photographs.

Since being introduced to this series of quite excellent books from Osprey Publishing, I continue to be impressed by the content and this example is no exception.

NM
British army major (retired)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 16 Aug 2014
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Good book to read glad to have found it for sale. :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Henderson on 1 Mar 2010
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This booklet was a birthday present to an retired Royal Marine who found it very good. It would be an excellent buy for someone who wanted to find out further information on the subject.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hoyle on 28 Nov 2013
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Superficial coverage with lots of gamer's pictures. Yhis was a present to a veteran of the Falklands-Royal Marine-and he was nearly as disappointed as me
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
No country has a monopoly on the right calibre of man. 27 July 2009
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
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Having served with British airborne forces and alongside Royal Marine Commandoes, I am able to recognise that calibre of young man who would suit such service. No country can claim to have a monopoly on such men, the only thing which makes them different is the training they receive, the equipment with which they are issued and, eventually, the experiences they accumulate. In this work we have a no-nonsense appraisal of the Royal Marine Commando from 1950 to 1982.

Not all British commandoes are Royal Marines - which are an integral part of the Royal Navy. Commandoes commenced a new phase in their history by conducting clandestine operations during WW2 and became so successful at destroying targets near the coast of mainland Europe Hitler issued an edict that all captured commandoes would be shot as spies. Such are the foundations of legend.

Created in 1664 from the Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment as Royal Marines, it was not until 1942 they became Royal Marine Commandoes. Although the book itself commences with a chronology which takes the reader from 1942 to current operations is Afghanistan, it is primarily confined to the post war period of 1950 to 1982. During that time this force saw service in Malaya, Korea, East Africa, Cyprus, Suez, Kuwait, Aden, Yemen, Borneo, Northern Ireland and finally the Falklands War.

There are detailed sections on enlistment, training, equipment used in different theatres and campaigns, dress from the Arctic to the tropics and even daily life. All of this is supported by excellent artwork and a first rate series of historic photographs.

Since being introduced to this series of quite excellent books from Osprey Publishing, I continue to be impressed by the content and this example is no exception.

NM
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very good introduction to the topic despite the limitations of the format 30 Dec 2013
By Yoda - Published on Amazon.com
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As part of Osprey’s “Warrior” series, this book is quite short, at 64 pages, of which about a third consist of various illustrations (i.e., photographs, color plates of troops, outfits and kits, contemporaneous photographs of commandos on operations, etc.). Hence if one is looking for an in-depth academic tome on the subject this is not it. However, the real question to ask, particularly given the rather limiting nature of the format is, how well does this serve as an introduction to the topic? The answer is quite well.

A variety of topics are covered such as recruitment, training, weapons, operations during the 1950-1982 period and ancillary matters such as search and destroy tactics and how they build field fortifications. In additions the illustrations, especially color plates, are quite useful, especially to the figurine, diorama or model builder. All and all a very good introduction to this subject.
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