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 nineteenth centuries would not recognize their descendants 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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Major General Julian Thompson joined the Royal Marines at the age of 18, serving for 34 years. He commanded the 3rd Commando Brigade in the Falklands, and was in the thick of the fighting. He is now a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. Among his previous books are The Imperial War Museum Book of the War at Sea, The Imperial War Museum Book of War Behind Enemy Lines and The Imperial War Museum Book of Victory in Europe.Review:
"'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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Descripción Pan Books, 2004. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110330377027
Descripción Pan Macmillan, 2004. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0330377027