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47 Royal Marine Commando An Inside Story 1943-1946 by Marc De Bolster

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By Marc De Bolster

Forty seven Royal Marine Commando: An within tale 1943-1946 tells the tale of forty seven Royal Marine Commando throughout the moment global battle 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 function 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 conflict in 1945.

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O. C. Wrexham, Welsh Fusiliers Barracks. It was here that I got two of my stripes back and made Cpl. While in Wrexham, I visited Joan and her relations in Liverpool. Next posting was down to Petworth in Sussex. Eighty Royal Marines including myself, travelled by Train. At Petworth we transferred to different units, I was used as acting Unit Provost (Police), generally to do with discipline and carrying out instructions. Bored with this after a few months, asked for a transfer. Only way transfer could happen was to take stripes off and in May 1944 ended up at Herne Bay to join 47 commando, reporting to Col.

3. Capes A/G on all outdoor parades, except drill and PT. (carried in haversack). 4. Arrangements being made for issue of two suits of denims. Men of 47 RM Commando at Achnacarry. Care of Arms:– Cleanliness of weapons stressed. Weapon Training:– Range practices all weapons. Firing from hip: rifle, bren, TSMG —practice on 30 yard range. Rifle:– Holding, Aiming & Firing. Firing from low cover. Aiming off the target. Other posns. Firing at moving targets. Application of fire:– Recognition of targets.

We were in a big Transient Camp in Alexandria, a lot going on. 1942 passed into 1943. Preparation for invasion 11th July 1943. The landing was on Sicily, although a body had been dispatched, dressed in gear on the pretext that there would be an invasion of Sardinia. This proved to save many lives and the day before when I landed on the 10th July 1943 with my Breakdown Vehicle in readiness for the Invasion, there was not much resistance. But I did manage to get injured, with shrapnel lodged in the femur, so had to come home by a Canadian Hospital Boat (top notch).

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