'Dits" RM & Mil History Blog

March 30, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Canada

Period/ Conflict: War of 1812

Year: 1814

Date/s: 30 March 1814

The small garrison of a British outpost position, aided by reinforcements, fought off a large American attack. A few miles north of the border between Cana...

March 28, 2020

The St Nazaire Raid or Operation Chariot was a successful British amphibious attack on the heavily defended Normandie dry dock at St Nazaire in German-occupied France during the Second World War.

The operation was under...

March 24, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Burma

Period/ Conflict: World War II

Year: 1942

Date/s: 20th March 1942

Force "Viper" now came under the command of Lt. Colonel G.R. Musgrave, who served with the Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.), as did the Burma II Com...

March 23, 2020

Unit/ Formation: 45 Cdo RM

Location: Wesel

Period/ Conflict: World War II

Year: 1945

Date/s: Friday, March 23, 1945

Operation Widgeon utilised 1st Commando Brigade in a crossing of the River Rhine opposite Wesel, twelve hours before the American 17th Airborne and th...

March 16, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Turkey

Period/ Conflict: 1900's

Year: 1920

Date/s: 16 March 1920

Turkish Nationalists opposed to the Sultan refused to accept certain treaties negotiated with him by the allies, including the Greeks, who the British governmen...

March 14, 2020

Unit/ Formation: His Majesty's Marine Forces

Location: Portsmouth Harbour

Period/ Conflict:

Year: 1757

Date/s: 14 March 1757

1757. Monday 14th March. During the Seven Years War, Admiral Byng was charged with 'failing to do his utmost'. He was executed on board the...

March 7, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Great Britain

Period/ Conflict: World War I

Year: 1918

Date/s: 7 March 1918

The ceremonial head of the Royal Marines was the Colonel in Chief until the title changed to Captain General in 1948 - King George V held this positi...

March 2, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Antwerp/ Sheldt

Period/ Conflict: World War II


Year: 1944

Date/s: 2nd March 1944

5 RM AA Brigade: Units of MNBDO AA Brigade retained were formed in 5 RM AA Brigade on 22/3/1944.

Equipped with the QF 3.7-inch AA was Britain's...

February 29, 2020

Thank you for visiting or signing up to this blog, I do hope you enjoy reading it, and are as surprised as I am at some of the hidden gems of our glorious history that are to be discovered.

Please come and see the 24 pins for February, a month in which Marines were at t...

February 27, 2020

Boer War memorial. Erected on 27th February 1904; by Harry Hems, inscribed with the words 'Ready-Aye-Ready'.

Erected as a memorial to the crew of HMS Doris who died fighting in South Africa alongside the army at the Battle of Paardeberg. This field gun was captured fro...

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