Since their formation by Winston Churchill during the dark days of World War II, the Commandos have been regarded as among the most feared infantry in the world. Lightly equipped, fast, silent and deadly, they epitomize the modern soldier. Hugh McManners, who completed the demanding entry course himself, takes the reader through the gruelling training programme in an effort to explain both the motives and the pride of those who win the green beret.
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This brief, arresting book helps explain why Britain's Royal Marine Commandos are so highly regarded as amphibious infantry. The fast-paced narrative (based on a TV series shown in Britain) tracks the training of two groups of aspirants as they are tested in cliff-scaling, craft-landing exercises, close-quarter battle drills, obstacle courses and forced marches. The training is grueling, the drop-out rate high, the mental pressure even worse than the physical challenge. McManners, a retired British army officer, highlights the colorful dialogue between the veteran training team and the aspirants as the latter are alternately encouraged, berated and instructed. After the climactic Pass-Out Parade, here stirringly described, the survivors of the program?the longest military recruit training of any in the Western world?are pronounced full-fledged Commandos, handed their coveted green berets and assigned to Britain's Rapid Reaction Force. Illustrated.
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The green beret of the subtitle here is the headgear of the British Royal Marine Commandos, institutional descendants of the World War II commandos who began modern special warfare. Based on a TV series, the book follows two classes of marine aspirants, one made up of men who already belong to one or another military service, the other of mostly teenaged new recruits, through their training. The training is grueling, testing not only military skills and physical endurance, but also character and motivation, of which the instructors have an intuitive grasp many psychologists might envy. Subject and author are both British, and the prose shows this, sometimes delightfully: for instance, in terms such as admin vortex, which describes the condition of a would-be commando who cannot take care of himself or his equipment. In all, this is an admirable addition to our knowledge of elite military units and those who choose to serve in them. Roland Green
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11014024901X