Military history

47 Royal Marine Commando: An Inside Story 1943-1946

47 Royal Marine Commando: An Inside Story 1943-1946

47 Royal Marine Commando: An Inside Story 1943-1946 tells the story of 47 Royal Marine Commando during the Second World War based on personal accounts written by veterans who served in the conflict. From the D-Day landings in Normandy to fierce battles in Holland, young men were taken prisoner and sent to camps until freed at the end of the war in 1945. There are eyewitness accounts of the Normandy landings, involvement with the RAF, Royal Navy and American forces, 10 Inter Allied Commando and the effect on local populations who heard news of the actions in which 47 Royal Marine Commando took part. Formed from 10th Battalion Royal Marines and reinforced by volunteers from other several parts of the British armed forces, they distinguished themselves by sheer determination and professionalism. Over 900 men served in or were attached to this Commando, keeping their overall strength up to 420. Many gave their lives never to return home so others might live to tell their story. Profusely illustrated with many unpublished photographs. 47 Royal Marine Commando: An Inside Story 1943-46 is a gripping yet haunting human story.

Chapter 1. The Start of War!

Chapter 2. Forming the Commando

Chapter 3. Uniforms and Equipment

Chapter 4. Billets and Training

Chapter 5. Preparations for the Normandy Landings

Chapter 6. D-Day, 6 June 1944

Chapter 7. The Normandy Landings

Chapter 8. The Advance to Port-en-Bessin

Chapter 9. Advance to Point 72 from La Rosière

Chapter 10. The Liberation of Port-en-Bessin

Chapter 11. The Over-Running of Point 72 Feature on Evening of 7 June

Chapter 12. Reinforcing the Orne Bridge Area

Chapter 13. The Normandy Breakout

Chapter 14. The Advance to Holland

Chapter 15. The Assault on Walcheren

Chapter 16. V-weapons

Chapter 17. Kapelsche Veer

Chapter 18. Operation Cuckoo

Chapter 19. VE-Day until Disbandment

Chapter 20. Roll of Honour

Chapter 21. Gallantry Awards