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The Post-war Organisation, Employment and Training of Royal Marines Commandos
216 Pages, 6 x 9 in, B&W diagrams
- May 2021
- In Stock
The official document Amphibious Warfare Handbook No. 10a: The Organisation, Employment and Training of Commandos is a unique piece of postwar Royal Marines Commando doctrine, never before published, or quoted at length.
Prepared in 1951 at the height of the Korean War by the Chief of Amphibious Warfare and the Commandant General Royal Marines, this seventy-page aide memoir is, in essence, the distillation of major lessons learned by the British wartime Combined Operations Headquarters regarding amphibious warfare, raiding, cliff assaults, sabotage, intelligence-gathering, specialized infantry work, guerrilla warfare and Commando tactics. In addition, it offers its readership a delineation of the characteristics, skills and qualities required of a Royal Marines Commando.
Published to mark the seventieth anniversary of its official issue, this rare example of bespoke Commando doctrine is a timely and highly relevant addition to a growing body of work on The Corps of Royal Marines. Currently undergoing significant institutional changes by means of the Future Commando Force (FCF) program, the Royal Marines are having to challenge their existing operating concept, force structures, doctrine, and organizational design to meet the emerging defense challenges of the 21st century. It serves to remind those currently evolving the FCF concept of General Sir John Hackett’s advice, namely, "To see where we are going, we must know where we are, and to know where we are, we need to discover how we got here."
Amphibious Warfare Handbook No. 10a: The Organisation, Employment and Training of Commandos
"…the level or research, the quality of graphics, and the readability are exceptional. […] It is a subject area not covered often and it is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of readers with an interest in early Southwest Pacific air campaigns of World War Two." ~Sir Henry Beverley Lieutenant General RM
"Fascinating in its insights, it is recommended for those with an interest in the Royal Marines, Defence issues and the FCF concept." ~Miniature Wargames
"...it should be required reading for every serving Royal Marine today. […] If the FCF is about returning to roots, then there can be no better place to start." ~The Wavell Room
"Paul Winter has taken on that mantel, with the same intellectual discipline used in a different way, to describe the Corps’ post World War Two approach to the Commando role and how this might, or rather as he seems to see things, is not shaping its future development. The publisher, Casemate, should be commended for this book." ~Globe and Laurel
"...serves to remind those currently evolving the FCF concept of General Sir John Hackett's advice, namely, 'To see where we are going, we must know where we are, and to know where we are, we need to discover how we got here." ~NavyBooks