- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (16 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844158691
- ISBN-13: 978-1844158690
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tracing Your Royal Marine Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians - Published in Association with the Royal Marines Museum Paperback – 16 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Richard Brooks and Matthew Little are authors and historians.
Top Customer Reviews
There's also a lot of background on pay, prize money, social conditions outside of the service (e.g. comparisons with aglab pay etc), uniforms, rations, and barrack life too - fascinating stuff, and written in an entertaining style. At first, I thought I'd just dip in and out of the various sections for reference, but the whole book is actually very readable and enjoyable. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
The book title almost succeeded in putting me of this small 172 page book, fortunately the name Richard Brooks caught my eye. As I greatly enjoyed his monumental Cassell's Battlefields of Britain & Ireland, I thought I would devote a few moments to reading his latest work.
What I discovered was a fascinatingly detailed account of the Royal Navy Marines from the 17th century to the present day. The book has chapters on organisation, administration, operations etc. Each chapter is packed with interesting little details, such as for 19c exercise they practiced sham fights across the deck (preferably without bayonets).
I did appreciate the quote `There is no fighting force under the crown less understood than the marines. Few trouble themselves to know more than that they are useful. Why they exist or why they are useful are not questions which attract attention'. Army and Navy Gazette 7 February 1874.
In addition, as the book was ostensibly targeted at those tracing their ancestors, it has a detailed compilation of places, such as websites, to find out more about the marines.
I found the book was not expensive and was well worth exploring.
The book is published in association with the Royal Marines Museum.
Value for money arrived in very good time service could not be bettered.