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The Royal Marines on the Western Front (Hardback)

Regimental History WWI 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 Military

By Daniel McLean
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526763860
Published: 23rd February 2021



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From the mud of the Somme to the raid on Zeebrugge, the Royal Marines fought in almost every element of the Great War on the Western Front. Today they are known world-wide as an elite commando fighting force, but that has only been their role since 1940, a fraction of their period in existence. Until 1923 they existed as two corps – the Royal Marine Light Infantry and the Royal Marine Artillery – and both served with distinction along the western front in the great war. This book examines and explains the engagements in which they were involved, the equipment used and the organisation and training undertaken in hitherto unseen detail, drawing on a wide variety of sources to give an accurate picture of their contribution to the war in France and Belgium.

This book is an outstanding reference work on the history of the RMLI, the RMA and the miscellaneous RM units formed during the war. The author has done much research into these formations and the result of this research work is this interesting volume. It will certainly appeal to anyone interested in the history of the RM and I am confident that it will become a standard reference work on their WW1 history. The author should be congratulated on producing this wonderful tome.

Dr Stuart C Blank

What a really good book on everyday soldiering that captures the frustration, disillusion, teamwork, comradery and bravery. This book takes you from the beginning during the Great War on the Western Front such as the Spring Offensive and events like the raid on Zeebrugge. Certainly a book I’ve really enjoyed and would fully recommend.

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About Daniel McLean

Daniel McLean grew up in Kent before joining the Royal Navy as a Midshipman aged 18. After six years’ service he read Theology at Oriel College, Oxford before embarking upon a career in teaching. He spent eight years as Head of Department at Ardingly College and then Rugby School, where he also commanded the Combined Cadet Force, and is presently a Housemaster at Downside School in Somerset.

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