The Royal Marines 1664 to the present by Richard Brooks. Published by Constable 2002. Hardback with dust jacket. In very good condition.
A unique Corps, recruited as soldiers but trained to serve at sea, the Royal Marines are the recognised experts in amphibious warfare, possessors of an invaluable combination of military and naval skills. Despite their ability to survive the most hostile environments, however, the institutional survival of the Royal Marines has often been in doubt. Their curious existence, between land and sea services, has placed them in danger of disbandment by those anxious to cut defence costs. They have survived by their willingness to undertake almost any job - as the first garrison of Australia, ship's butchers, immaculate naval bandsmen - and do it better than anyone else. Always at the forefront, they trained as fusiliers, with flintlock muskets when other infantry still carried matchlocks. Marines made the first heli-borne assault at Suez in 1956 and in the 1960s switched overnight from jungle warfare to duty in Arctic waters. This absorbing book, revealing the story behind the Marines' historical fortitude and gallantry, is published to tie in with the bi-centenary of the service receiving the distinction 'Royal', and with the twentieth anniversary of the Falklands War.