By Marc De Bolster
Forty seven Royal Marine Commando: An inside of tale 1943-1946 tells the tale of forty seven Royal Marine Commando in the course of the moment global struggle according to own debts written by way of veterans who served during this ambitious unit. it's a tale of younger males who have been to play a key position in releasing 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 battle in 1945.
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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 spent six weeks being trained and constantly being told what a privilege it was to be Royal Marine. At the end of this spell, we became part of the 10th battalion Royal Marines. As part of ‘A’ Company, I was involved in manoeuvres all over Britain and it began to dawn on us that nobody had much idea of what we should be doing.
The 1940 pattern did not have belt loops fitted, nor did it have the flaps at the bottom of the legs. The advantage of the battledress was basically that the material gave protection and insulation, the latter in turn was also a disadvantage in warmer climates. Wool itself also gave discomfort when it was directly in contact with the skin; it was known to be very itchy. Another disadvantage was that wool holds water, so when the uniform got wet it became heavy and took days to properly dry out again.
C. F. Phillips arrived on the 5th of August. In the few days prior to the arrival of this new CO, a lot was done at the level of organising the new unit. Fighting Troops were to be formed and designation letters or numerals to be chosen. A decision was made that these should be as ship’s turrets and so A, B, X and Y-Troops were formed. The designation for the fifth Troop was doubtful, until Lt-Col. Smith suggested it should be as the ship’s mid-turret is known, and so Q-Troop was formed. At a long meeting the men for the various Troops including Commando HQ were selected, which proved to be a difficult task.
47 Royal Marine Commando An Inside Story 1943-1946 by Marc De Bolster