RMs at 355

Happy Birthday, Royal Marines, founded 28 October 1664.

Two Royal Marine Snipers and an FN MAG-equipped GPMG Gunner of 42 Commando prior to the Assault on Mount Kent. Falkland’s War, June 1982. Note the WWII-ish L42 bolt-action Enfield sniper rifle and the Vietnam-era AN/PNV2 Starlite scope on the shooter in the center of the frame.

42 Commando included a company (J) that was formed around Naval Party 8901– the ill-fated two-platoon force of Marines who garrisoned the islands during the Argentine invasion in April. Repatriated, they came back for a little payback.

And to play us out, here is the RM band…

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