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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2018 10:43 a.m. PST

… Doctrine and Identity of the British Marine Corps, 1755-1802

"The Corps of Marines 1755-1802 (after 1802, Royal Marines) was the smallest of the three military services of the late eighteenth century British Armed Nation. Because of this, their history has largely been marginalised – or if dealt with, only in broad three hundred year studies. However, their importance has been largely underestimated. With the rise in the late eighteenth century of a more coherent ‗Blue-Water Strategy‘, classified later by some historians as a uniquely ‗British Way in Warfare‘, there was a need to have an operational organisation from which to implement Britain‘s grand strategy. The two other contemporary military organizations (Army and Navy) were too large, had internal resistance to, or simply had one-dimensional geographic identification which prevented the full pure operational implementation of British amphibious power. With the dawn of the Seven Years War the government gave this operational priority to the Navy, which began in earnest with the formation of the British Marine Corps. The Navy, and Marines, were able to do this by constructing an operational doctrine and identity for its new Marine Corps…."
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Andrew Preziosi12 Jan 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Thanks, Armand!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

A votre service mon cher ami!. (smile)


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