By Marc De Bolster
Forty seven Royal Marine Commando: An inside of tale 1943-1946 tells the tale of forty seven Royal Marine Commando through the moment international warfare in keeping with own money owed written by way of veterans who served during this bold unit. it's a tale of younger males who have been to play a key function in releasing Europe from Nazi tyranny. From the D-Day landings in Normandy to fierce battles in Holland, a few have been taken prisoner through the enemy and despatched to camps till freed on the finish of the battle in 1945.
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France was confident that its Maginot line of defensive structures consisting of underground tunnel systems and heavy fortifications, would protect it in the East and its armed forces spread from the coast to the German border. War was declared on Germany after its invasion of Poland, by both the British and French governments, and by March of 1940 more than 300,000 troops of the British Expeditionary Force were stationed in France, mainly along the Franco-Belgian border. Since the Netherlands and Belgium were neutral it was not possible to place British troops in these countries.
Before we left for Herne Bay we had to destroy explosives and, unfortunately, an ill-timed explosion brought down some telephone wires. We didn’t stop to investigate but were told to make ourselves scarce! 5 Preparations for the Normandy landings With the ‘Second Front’ lying ahead, it became clear that 47 Royal Marine Commando would be involved. The decision had been for the invasion to be on the beaches of Normandy. The Dutch and Belgian coastlines were too heavily fortified, and crossing to Calais would be the obvious invasion point in the eyes of the enemy.
We were known as ‘Popski Private Army’, our leader being a Belgium, real name Ladinmyre Pernia. I spent 3 months with the group maintaining and driving vehicles. Then it was back to Egypt. In Alexandria I served with Jack Churchill. Worked with partisans, the Chetniks were our allies at this stage of the war, but they changed sides later. We were in a big Transient Camp in Alexandria, a lot going on. 1942 passed into 1943. Preparation for invasion 11th July 1943. The landing was on Sicily, although a body had been dispatched, dressed in gear on the pretext that there would be an invasion of Sardinia.
47 Royal Marine Commando An Inside Story 1943-1946 by Marc De Bolster