By Sea and Land

By Sea and Land : Story of the Royal Marine Commandos

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A detailed and authentic history of the Royal Marines Commandos as analysed by an ex-member of 45 Commando, RM. The story of one of the world's elite fighting forces is told through the words of the commandos themselves from the bloody beach landings of Dieppe in 1942 to the yomp into Port Stanley forty years later 'By Sea And Land' also describes in detail less well known conflicts that were equally important to the history of the twentieth century - including the civil war in Aden, the Suez crisis, the division of Cyprus and the fight against terrorism in Northern Ireland.show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 28mm | 376g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp b&w photographs
  • 0752806335
  • 9780752806334

About Robin Neillands

Robin Neillands served in 45 Commando Royal Marines during the 1950s. He nowworks as a journalist and travel writer and has a growing reputation as a military historian. He has published many books on British military history from the Napoleonic era through to the Second World War. His co-author Roderick de Normann also has a military background and several military histories to hishow more

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The appetite of readers for authentic tales of fighting men in action is as keen as ever, and Neillands's coolly related but involving book takes us into the dangerous world of the Royal Marine Commandos. This is one of the world's elite fighting forces, and the experience of wearing the legendary Green Beret is conveyed in the unvarnished words of the Marines themselves. The vividness and power of this narrative is considerable, as it details the story of the Commandos from their baptism of fire in the bloody battles of Dieppe in 1942, to the vicious conflict in Stanley at the end of the Falklands war in 1982. In the 40 years between, we're taken into the fighting in Yugoslavia, Burma and Western Europe, with the D-Day landings a particular highlight. But the reach of Neillands's book is ambitious: he also covers conflicts in the last days of Empire, with Palestine, Malaya and the Suez Canal the scene of pulse-tingling action. Without using the artificial mechanics of the thriller writer, Neillands's work has precisely the same grip as any work of fiction. This is life at the sharp end, in no uncertain terms. (Kirkus UK)show more

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