The Royal Marines and the War at Sea 1939-45

Publication Date15th February 2018

Book FormatPaperback





Combining a personal narrative with tactical and technical analysis, this book casts new light on the Royal Marines during the Second World War.
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In The Royal Marines and the War at Sea 1939–45military and naval historian Martin Watts records how marines fought at sea, their relationship with the Royal Navy, and the overall contribution they made to victory in the Second World War.

Combining personal narrative with strategical, tactical and technical analysis, this book is centred on the career of the author’s great-uncle, Colour Sergeant Albert ‘Nobby’ Elliott, who saw active service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic and Indian Oceans. He was Mentioned in Despatches at the Second Battle of Sirte, took part in Operation Torc h, and was a gun layer in HMS Jamaicawhen she took part in the sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorston Boxing Day 1943. Nobby finished the war recovering Allied prisoners of war from the south-west Pacific, and was present at the surrender of Japanese forces while on board HMS Glory.
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