'Dits" RM & Mil History Blog

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...

February 25, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Landing Craft Units

Location: Loch Neagh

Period/ Conflict: Northern Ireland Conflict

Year: 1993 - 2002


Operation Lifespan on Loch Neagh

Grey Wolf Reversing into the Dock on 6 Mile Water 

Since 1993 Royal Marine vessels LPV (Lough Patrol Vessel) Grey...

February 18, 2020

Casualties from USS Princeton

Unit/ Formation: RM Band Service

Location: Iraq

Period/ Conflict: Operation Granby (Gulf War 1)

Year: 1991

Date/s: 18 February 1991

In the vicinity of the D'horra Oilfield in the Northern Persian Gulf the surgical teams on board RFA Argu...

February 17, 2020

Saturday 17th - 18th February. 1 RMLI and 2 RMLI in action at Miraumont

On the north bank of the Ancre, the 63rd Division attacked on 17 February, with the 188th Brigade and two battalions of the 189th Brigade, to capture 700 yards (640 m) of the road north from Bailles...

February 15, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Royal Marines

Location: Deception Island, Antarctica

Year: 1953

Date/s: 15th February 1953

HMS Snipe lands one officer, 2 corporals and 10 marines at the British base on Deception Island in Antarctica, which was occupied by 2 Argentine seamen, who were...

February 14, 2020

Unit/ Formation: Marine Regiments

Location: Kealakekua Bay, Hawai'i

Period/ Conflict:

Year: 1779

Date/s: 14 February 1779

Captain James Cook's 1779 attempted kidnapping of Kalaniʻōpuʻu, the ruling chief of the island of Hawaii and the decision to hold him in exchang...

February 10, 2020

'Devil Dogs'

According to Marine Corps tradition, German soldiers facing the Marines at Belleau Wood called them teufelhunden. These were the devil dogs of Bavarian folklore - vicious, ferocious, and tenacious. Shortly thereafter, a Marine recruiting poster depicted a d...

February 9, 2020

Thursday, February 9, 1956, Quartermaster Sergeant Alfred Wheeler and Mne. Benet Blakeway, HQ 3 Commando Brigade, died during operations in Cyprus. 

They both perished from exposure on anti-terrorist operations after their vehicle fell into a deep gully in the Troo...

February 9, 2020

Operation Diesel

Unit/ Formation: RM ASG

Location: Helmand

Period/ Conflict: War in Afghanistan (2001-)

Date/s: 9th February 2009

Operation Diesel was a raid by 700 British troops from the Royal Marines 45 Commando, 42 Commando, and the 3 Commando Brigade's Reconnaissan...

February 5, 2020

The "Great Globe itself" was chosen in 1827 by King George IV in place of Battle honours to recognise the Marines' service and successes in multiple engagements in every quarter of the world.

Although Marines have certainly circumnavigated the globe and t...

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