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Codename Snake Eyes and Jungle Green

Royal Marines exercise “Codename Snake Eyes” circa 1960 documentary– in Color!— by the Central Office of Information for the Admiralty. A great way to spend a half-hour. 

The exercise involves a combined-arms amphibious attack on a fictitious Mediterranean island nation that looks suspiciously like Cyprus, complete with an airfield and radar station.

It is jolly good stuff, complete with pipe smoking, beards, Denison smocks, a wet predawn paradrop from an RAF Boxcar by SBS frogmen, Fleet Air Arm Vampires launched from an RN carrier conducting rocket attacks to soften things up, dory-landed (and Enfield/Sterling-armed!) Royal Marines from 45 Commando leaping ashore from LCVPs to complete a rock face free climb, then reinforced by Wessex helicopter-delivered 40 Commando (“choppers may be useful but they have no natural dignity”), finished off by LCM-landed 42 Commando (who finally have some FN FALs/L1A1s) on the third wave after NGFS from gun-armed cruisers.

And that’s just in the first 10 minutes!

Enjoy.

For a less varnished but no less fascinating look at Royal Marines at the sharp end, check out “Jungle Green,” a 1964 BBC documentary following an isolated 25-man long-range patrol/listening post of 40 Commando and their two Iban trackers some 50 miles deep in the bush in Borneo during the very Vietnam-ish Konfrontasi, the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.

Send it! Or, ‘Why I learned to use shoot-and-scoot from an LCM last weekend at drill’

It is always nice to see a 105mm M119 light howitzer doing its thing:

1bn 111th Field Artillery Regiment 116th BCT waterborne artillery fire Operation GATOR April 24-25 2019 Camp Lejeune North Carolina Army LCMs 105 shells

(U.S. National Guard photos by Mike Vrabel)

Especially when it is from the front of an old-school (Army owned!) LCM landing craft while just barely beached on shore:

The photos come from Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as they conduct waterborne artillery live-fire exercises during Operation GATOR April 24-25, 2019, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

They are aboard mechanized landing craft operated by active duty Soldiers from the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek—Fort Story-based 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade.

“The Thunder Soldiers received and carried out their fire missions from the Intracoastal Waterway running through Camp Lejeune along the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first waterborne artillery mission for the 111th since D-Day during World War II, nearly 75 years ago.”

For more analysis of what this is all about, and why it is a useful tactic being dusted off now, check out the below from The Warzone