Who was Anders Lassen?

Introduction Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau Lassen, VC, MC & Two Bars (22 September 1920 to 09 April 1945) was a highly decorated Danish soldier, who was the only non-Commonwealth recipient of the British Victoria Cross in the Second World War. He was posthumously awarded the United Kingdom’s highest gallantry award for his actions during… Read More

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What was Operation Collar (1940)?

Introduction Operation Collar was the codeword for the first commando raid, conducted by the British forces, during the Second World War. The location selected for the raid was the Pas-de-Calais department on the French coast. The British Commandos had not long been formed and were not yet trained, so the operation was given to No.… Read More

What was Operation Frankton (1942)?

Introduction Operation Frankton was a commando raid on ships in the Nazi German occupied French port of Bordeaux in southwest France during the Second World War. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment (RMBPD), part of Combined Operations inserted by HMS Tuna… Read More

Leadership & the Power to Inspire…

“For a soldier, leadership is that power to inspire soldiers in battle, or unforeseen crisis, where others fail; the quality possessed by the individual, of whatever rank, whose courage lifts lesser men with the certainty that all will go well as long as he is there.” Lord Lovat (1911 to 1995) Brigadier Simon Christopher Joseph… Read More

What is the External Responsiveness & Intrasession Reliability of the Rope-Climbing Test?

Research Paper Title External Responsiveness and Intrasession Reliability of the Rope-Climbing Test. Background Although the rope-climbing test (RCT) has been validated for upper-body power assessment of Commando soldiers, the external responsiveness and intrasession reliability of the RCT have not been reported. Methods To examine RCT external responsiveness and intrasession reliability, this study consisted of 2… Read More

Marathons: Athletes vs. Commandos!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More

Royal Marines Values & Standards

Royal Marines Collective Group Values Excellence. Integrity. Self-discipline. Humility. Courage. Determination. Unselfishness. Cheerfulness. Individual Commando Spirit The four elements of Commando Spirit; Courage, Determination, Unselfishness, and Cheerfulness in the face of adversity, are well-known to all recruits by the time they complete Commando training. It is these constituents of the ‘Commando Spirit’ that make each… Read More