'Dits" RM & Mil History Blog

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...

November 12, 2019

Patrick Richard Kay, Royal Marine officer: born Blakeney, Norfolk 1 August 1921; MBE 1945, CB 1972; married 1944, Muriel Austen Smith (died 2013; three sons, one daughter); died Fleet, Hampshire 19 September 2013.

An army marches on its stomach, the saying ascribed to N...

November 7, 2019

The War Illustrated, Volume 8, No. 194, Page 441, November 24, 1944.

Westkapelle, keypoint in the Dutch island of Walcheren blocking the entrance to the Scheldt and Antwerp, was in our hands by November 2, 1944. Arthur Oakeshott, Reuters' special correspondent, saw...

November 6, 2019

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November 6, 2019

The Royal Marines' amphibious warfare expert group has been renamed.

1 Assault Group Royal Marines now under the command of 3 Commando Bridge Royal Marines, will now be known as 47 Commando (Raiding Group) Royal Marines.

After the Second World War, 47 Commando was disman...

November 6, 2019

On 6 November, Royal Marine Commandos from Nos 40 and 42 Commando landed at Port Said in amphibious Buffalo tracked landing vehicles, supported by a naval and aerial bombardment of the beaches. Slightly to the west of the town, Centurion tanks from 6 Royal Tank Regimen...

November 5, 2019

John Prettyjohns VC (sometimes misspelled Prettyjohn) (11 June 1823 – 20 January 1887) was the first Royal Marine to win the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth fo...

November 1, 2019

1st - 8th November 1944 Operation Infatuate - The Battle of Walcheren.

Support Squadron Eastern Flank left from Poole on 28th October 1944 for Walcheren via Oosend. 

LCH 269 now had a new Skipper. Commander Kenneth Sellars RN, a very high ranking officer for a landing cr...

November 1, 2019

1st - 8th November 1944 Operation Infatuate - The Battle of Walcheren.

The operation was part of the wider Battle of the Scheldt and involved two assault landings from the sea by the 4th Special Service Brigade and the 52nd (Lowland) Division. 

At the same time the 2nd...

October 28, 2019

Formed in the reign of King Charles II on October 28, 1664 as the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot (or Admiral’s Regiment), the name Marines first appeared in the records in 1672 and in 1802 they were titled the Royal Marines by King George III. 


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