By James Ladd
The Royal Marines are revered around the world as one of many really elite battling forces. Researched with lively co-operation of the Royal Marines, this article is the legit heritage of the corps from the top of global warfare I to the current day. the most cmapaigns are illustrated with maps and there's a accomplished record of orders of conflict and unit association.
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18 By 1924, however, there was more suitable if extemporised equipment for landing heavy guns. The experiments were made on a shoestring of £10,000 a year for the years 1924 to 1930, when a Hathi (Elephant) tractor cost £3,000. 19 These tractors, quantities of scaffolding which had, by one report,20 been rejected by the Army's Royal Engineers, and expertise, were accumulated in the 10 years to 1935. 21 This trial was made on the 1:5 sloping beach of Langstone harbour (near Portsmouth) where a scaffolding jetty had been built with a gyn-type lifting structure of scaffolding which could lift a 4-ton old gun barrel from a horse boat (one of the forerunners of landing craft).
The country south of the marsh was better ground for movement but by no means easy to cross, for there were only dirt roads where there was any road at all; patches of marsh were interlaced with the forest fringes and deeper into the woods there were few tracks to follow. The cover of the trees, however, was needed when the enemy's train appeared after the column had moved forward during 17 and 18 May, but once again the 65-mm gun went into action and the train withdrew. Following the train towards its base, the leading RM platoons came in sight of Medvyejya Gora (modern Medvezh' Yegorsk) station,14 on the northern tip of Lake Onega, a stretch of water over 150 miles long and 50 miles wide in places.
8 All carriers were then withdrawn from the U-boat search. 11 Until then the ships often sailed in relatively small convoys. BY SEA BY LAND in the first two years of total war. They had been joined in the autumn of 1939 by Royal Marine and Royal Naval pensioners who looked after the one or two guns fitted high over the stern of most cargo ships. 7-in or 4-in gun for most cargo ships to discourage submarines on the surface,1 although some ships, like SS Brookwood (8,500 tons), carried two guns - a 4-in breech loader with a range of 13,500yds and a 12-pounder for anti-aircraft defence with a range of 6,000yds.
By Sea, by Land: The Authorised History of the Royal Marines by James Ladd