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Birth of the Corps1664

The Corp can trace its formation back to "the Duke of York and Albany's maritime regiment of Foot" at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company.

Capture of Gibraltar1704

On the 24th July 1704 the Prince of Hesse led ashore 1,900 marines who succeeded in isolating the Gibraltar Rock from mainland Spain.

Capture of Belle Isle1761

After two failed attempts the Marines finally landed where the ensuing fighting won them the admiration of their enemy.

Battle of Bunker Hill1775

The American War of Independence 1775 - 1783

Battle of Trafalgar1805

2,692 of the 17,000 men in the British Fleet that were involved in this battle were Royal Marines Officers and Marines.

Burning of Washington1814

The Royal Marines, under Admiral Cockburn landed at Benedict, Maryland. From Benedict, the British began their march to Washington DC, ultimately burning that city.

Boxer Rebellion1900

The majority of Marine action was to be seen in Peking where nationals from several European countries and their military contingents were fortified inside the "Legations" area of the city.

World War 11914

At the outbreak of war Royal Marines were quickly mobilised and sent to Ostend and later Antwerp. Marines defended Ostend with the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill at their side.

Normandy Landings1944

Over 17,500 Royal Marines took part in this. The Corp was present in strength on the beaches and in the supporting ships of the fleet with most of the landing craft being manned by Royal Marines.

Continuing Good Work1948

Since 1948, the Corp has been involved in many conflicts including Suez, Northern Ireland, Falklands, and the Gulf War. They also act as humanitarians, delivering aid and support when needed.

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3 Cdo Bde

The main deployable force is 3 Commando Brigade RM with a Lead Commando Group ready and held at five days’ notice to deploy globally, in support of the UK’s national interests.

1 Assault Group

1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1 AGRM) is the lead for amphibious warfare and Royal Navy board and search training. The group is tasked with training and developing core amphibious and surface assault skills.

Special Forces

This toughness and resilience is the reason that, the Royal Marines provides the greatest single contribution to UK Special Forces, with over 40 per cent of their ‘badged’ manpower originating from within the Corp.

Royal Marine Band Service

The bandsmen and women of the five Royal Marine bands combine military precision and discipline with an artistic interpretation that places them in the top level of musical ensembles.


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