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I start recruit trainin in May sometime... BUT i don't think my knowledge of the core is all that great. Anyone know of a good read about the history of the Marines?
 

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Royal Marines Commandos - John Parker

Royal Marines: From Sea Soldiers to a Special Force - Julian Thompson

The first one is easier reading but the second is far more detailed and breaks each major battle down into chapters.
 

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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.
 

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Amongst The Marines by Steven Preece. not like how it is today in the corps but real good read. also

Commando: on the font line by Chris Terrell is a fantastic book, based on the ITV1 series
 

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Sorry Jackson, I think you mean the ITV series is based on the book, not the other way.
 

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The Making of a Royal Marines Commando: Nigel Foster. Got some good bits about trades and specialisations in it as well.
 

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The Making of a Royal Marines Commando: Nigel Foster. Got some good bits about trades and specialisations in it as well.

Was just about to say that. Great book, little old but kept me reading. ( some good stuff on YO in there too )
 

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Theres a new edition coming out in August his year. Also theres a book coming out soon called 3 Commando, its about there recent tours to Afgan looks good.
 

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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.
 

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First into Action- Duncan Falconer

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
 
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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
- teamwork
- 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.

http://www.how2become.co.uk/viewProduct.php?product_name=Royal_Marines

marc
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Hehe, no I only meant the "How2Become" series.

In terms of decent books I've read and recommend:

"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.

Just an idea anyway.
 
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You know what really shocked me? Watching Commando on the Front Line, I'm not sure what episode it was but one of the recruits gets asked by Lt Orlando what the Commando Ethos was...

He had no clue! And he didn't even get a 'extra phys'! Tsk tsk.
 

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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*
 
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Aye it was...haha when asked by the Lt, "why are you laughing"? "because if I don't laugh I cry". Haha class! Brilliant lad, wonder what he's up to now..
 

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well hopefully preparing to head back to ghanners in September i'd imagine.
 
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