Ive been reading the john parker book also, ive found it a bit heavy to read cover to cover but it's a good read and ive found it really usefull as a reference book to look up key battles and dates and that sort of thing.
reading a book called 'Above all, courage' by Max Arthur. The arthur has pulled together lots of personal stories from the Falklands conflict - not so heavy and good read. Thought the one about Major Neame who stopped mid-battle to put on a brew was a good one 'I decided the most sensible thing to do was tog et a brew on because it looked like it was going to be a very long day'.
The John Parker book is a heavy one, but good if you want a bit of history.
I found this book amazing. It is mostly based on the SBS though. Although only giving a small insight into RM Training i found it an amazing book. It goes through all his SBS operations along with traning along with numerous other events in his carrear. Although most of it is in northern island i still found it a great read
i have just purchased this eBook from the firm 'How To Become', called how to become a royal marines commando. There is absolutely loads of info in it, no only on history but :-
- selection process
- top insider tips and advice
- the mock tests
- a section dedicated to the interview
- preparation for the PRMC
- RMC history quizzes
- and a how to get 'commando' fit guide.
you can print everything off from it, and you can tell there has been alot of time put into it.
they are doing a special deal, if u buy it now, they give u a cd with the bleep test etc. on it, for further fitness advice.
...well here is the site anyway, no harm in trying it - hopefully its of an assist to u, it has certainly helped me on my quest and gave me more knowledge of the marines.
I thought I'd give that how to become thing a chance... my god what a load of *text deleted*.
Save your money lads, everything you need to know can be found on this site, the royal marines site or wikipedia.
They've basically gone out, copied a load of info from various sources and then sold it on. Clever marketing but not worth the money.
Priar's kinda got a point but also has missed the point. some of these books give a good insight into the lifestyle in the corp/training EG "commando- survival of the fittest" by robin eggar who followed a troop through YO training in 1991. you dont get that kind of insight from reading bumf in wiki/RM website etc. EDIT: not sure if priar means in general or just about the "how to become" post, if it's the latter i completely agree with him.
"The Making of a Royal Marines Commando" by Nigel Foster
This is a fantastic book, it's soo easy to read. I've read it numerous times now. Doesn't really cover history, more the training and specialisations. It even covers the beastings. :wink:
"Royal Marines Commandos" by John Parker
Also very good.
"The Royal Marines" By Julian Thompson
A very good book, love how it details each conflict.
"The Royal Marines" by Richard Brooks
Covers the history of the royal marines but not the commandos. Very in-depth although it's not easy to understand the author.
If someone wanted to clear up and make themselves a fortune, they should write a dumbed down version of the above books with a lot more pictures/diagrams/maps embedded with the text.
I'm sure it would be a best seller amongst PRMC readers and anyone going through RT.
was that the cheerful chap that passed out as an original? looks a bit like matey in the picture at the top of this page (on the right), he got it in the end and i think it was pretty early on. what i thought was weird was how relaxed he seemed even when he was on 72 hrs without sleep, guess some are just born that way... *text deleted*