'Dits" RM & Mil History Blog

December 10, 2019

Sinking of HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales

 Royal Marines on HMS Repulse (http://www.nicholasbest.co.uk/tag/royal-marines/)

Force Z comprised the battleships HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales. The only two capital ships in the region had left the port of Singapore...

December 9, 2019

The Royal Navy’s spectacular retribution on 8th December 1914 in the First World War, for the sinking of Admiral Cradock’s two ships, HMS Good Hope and Monmouth at the Battle of Coronel, with the destruction of Admiral Graf von Spee’s protected cruisers SMS Scharnhorst...

December 7, 2019

Combined Operations commander Admiral Louis Mountbatten regarded it as “the most courageous and imaginative of all the raids ever carried out by the men of Combined Operations”

Of the six two man canoes that had been brought to the French coast by HMS Tuna on the 7th De...

December 7, 2019

On December 7, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the US Naval Base Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, using bombers, torpedo bombers and midget submarines. On December 8, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech, also known as the “Infamy Speech” to the Am...

December 7, 2019

The British serviceman who first fired on Japanese forces during World War Two. Mail Online (12 October 2009)

Jim Mariner was on board the gunboat HMS Peterel when he secured his place in history at about 4am on December 7, 1941.

I walked along and up the ladder on to th...

December 4, 2019

  Marching at the side of the road in full uniform were 52 members of the Chatham Royal Marine Cadet Corps, aged between 9 and 13 a bus came upon the cadets and did not see them. The driver crashed into them and continued to drive over the bodies; as a result 24 of the...

December 1, 2019

The Long Range Desert Group were formed in the autumn of 1940, successors to the much smaller Long Range Patrol. They were intended as a covert reconnaissance unit operating deep into the desert to observe enemy movements, a role that they had considerable success with...

November 25, 2019

The Battle of Graspan during the Boer War.

On the 25th November 1899 the Royal Marines were involved in the battle of Graspan (also known as the Battle of Enslin). “Two RMLI companies and one RMA company, with a total of 190 officers and men, had been formed at Simonst...

November 17, 2019

TIMMINS, CHARLES ERNEST
PO/19601 Bugler
Age:14 (Born 7th Dec. 1902)
Royal Marine Light Infantry
H.M.S "Cardiff.".


Son of Private John Llewellyn and Amy Timmins, of 33, Beresford Rd., Gillingham, Kent. His father was killed in action on H.M.S. Hogue in 1914 and so wanti...

November 12, 2019

The Battle of Taranto took place on the night of 11–12 November 1940 during the Second World War between British naval forces, under Admiral Andrew Cunningham, and Italian naval forces, under Admiral Inigo Campioni.

Image from RN: https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l...

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