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The Royal Marines: From Sea Soldiers to a Special Force [Paperback]

General Julian Thompson
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6 April 2001
With many new photographs and previously unpublished material from the Imperial War Museum and Royal Marines Museum, these eyewitness accounts and personal narratives bring the history of the Royal Marines vividly to life.

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  • Paperback: 9999 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; 2 edition (6 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330377027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330377027
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Major-General Thompson did more than most men to save the Marines' very existence, and no-one could have made a better job of telling their stirring story' Max Hastings, Evening Standard"

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The Royal Marines Commandos are one of the greatest special forces in the world. Their achievement, toughness, professionalism and enterprise puts them in the same league as such other elites as the SAS, the Paras, the US Marines and the French Foreign Legion. This is their stirring and fascinating story, brilliantly and authoritatively told by Major General Julian Thompson, commander of the Commando Brigade in the Falklands. The Marines of the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries would not recognize their descendents in the second half of the twentieth. Marines shared with their sailor comrades all the disadvantages of serving at sea (as Samual Johnson remarked, 'being in a jail with the chance of being drowned'), but were denied the glittering advantages open to their naval shipmates - including promotion to the highest rank and the lion's share of any prize money (sometimes equivalent to winning the lottery in today's terms). The Royal Marines: From Sea Soldiers to a Special Force tells how this all changed in the middle of the twentieth century. With their transformation to Commandos and landing craft crews, they set the scene for their leading role for the next fifty years and into the future. 'vivid extracts from personal accounts' Field Marshal Lord Carver, Times Literary Supplement 'A fine narrative history... that does not hold back from strong opinion.' Legion 'Compelling narrative... spiced with wry observations.' Soldier

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3.0 out of 5 stars A complete narrative history of the Royal marines 10 April 2001
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The narrative of the history of how the Royal Marines came to be what they are today is descriptive and told in a interesting fashion. But do not make the same mistake as I in thinking this book would be easy to read it is not and you have to have a firm interest to read it all the way through. If you are interested in the history of the Royal Marines, this book is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Unless the reader has a specific reason to read this book, joining the RM or an old bootie, then this is not a book to pick up for a bit of gentle reading.
However, read this book through and the reader will know not only everything the RM have done, but also get a true feel for the history and ethos behind them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once you get into it you can't put it down 28 Jun 2001
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This book gives an excellent insight as to how the Royal Marines started from the very beginning until present day. It has some good personal accounts by soldiers fighting at that time. The descriptions of how the soldiers fought are good helping to visualise what is going on at that time. It also makes you appreciate just what these people went through, cold, exhaustion,hunger and personal loss.
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