Royal Marine Engineer Commando

#1
Further to my spotter-ish explanation on why 3 Cdo Bde is so called (see here), I discovered in the same reference (*) that there was apparently a Royal Marine Engineer Commando. Google doesn't seem to be throwing anything up - anyone know any more or have any links / references, please?

(*) p28, Chappell M, Army Commandos 1940 - 45 (Osprey, Oxford, 1996)
 

ex_wasp_L2

Lantern Swinger
#2
you could try looking in a book called "By sea and land" Author Robin Neillands (ISBN 0-00-637259-7) there is also a reference in the back to a book by Julian Thompson titled No picnic: 2 Commando Brigade in the Falklands War. I know the Falklands was not a war but a conflick but that is the title of the book. These books may be of some help.
 

Graybags

Lantern Swinger
#3
59 CDO RE were based at Crownhill or Seaton Barracks til not too long ago and 29 CDO RA are still in Plymouth at the Citadel. There may be more but I'll need to check
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#4
There are some references to RM Engineers killed in the Great War whose details clearly note 'RM Engineer.' However, there seems little available in literature/Internet to study. But it is a fair bet, if the RMs were fielding Machine Gun Units, Labour Corps and things like Howitzer Regiments, they must have had Engineers.

Have a look here: http://www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk/RM Unit Histories 1919-1997.doc
I have managed to dig this referance up if its any help
 
#5
:roll: :roll: Royal Marine engineers Formation patch.
A yellow seven flamed grenade,set on a red fouled anchor,set on a dark blue shield.Aye JR :roll:
 
#6
Many thanks Lesbryan - very interesting document, and am tempted to buy the book it comes from (Ladd JD, The Royal Marines 1919-2000)

For those who can't be bothered to read the whole thing but are interested in this thread, the main RM Engineer paragraph is quoted below:

RM Engineer Commando

This unit had developed from units in the RM Battalions which were trained in demolitions and as assault engineers. From 25 October 1943 the first War Establishment was: HQ; Holding Troop; and two fighting Troops (RM Circ 1303/43G dated 26 November 1943). By June 1944 there were 180 all ranks, forming a small HQ with a Training Troop (the Holding Troop?) and two fighting Troops. These were reorganised for the Normandy invasion with HQ and Training Troop in the UK, one Section with 1st SS Bde, one Section with 4 SS Bde, and six Landing Craft Obstruction Clearance Units.

Sections with Commando Brigades:

The Section with 1st SS Bde of 39 all ranks commanded by a lieutenant, landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944 at H+75 minutes to demolish bridges; but these were still in enemy hands and this Section prepared the defences of Brigade HQ; later they were employed in mine–clearing and building strongpoints. They also improvised bridges and fords (‘wet bridges’ lying below the surfaces of rivers), before returning to the UK on 9 September 1944. The Section with 4 SS Bde. The Section which joined 4 SS Bde arrived in France at the end of June 1944 and served in mine–clearing, demolition and other work of assault engineers. In November 1943 a third Section served in the Far East. This Section had joined 3 Commando Brigade in November 1943 and was increased to a Troop in the late summer of 1944. It built the ‘roads’ at Myebon (from 12 January 1945) and at Kangaw (from 19 January), under appalling conditions on both occasions.

Landing Craft Obstruction Clearance Units:

In the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, Nos 7 and 8 were with Force S, Nos 9 and 10 with Force G, and 11 and 12 with Force J. They were all intended to clear paths through beach obstacles, but owing to the conditions of the tide and dangers from incoming craft the men were unable to use their shallow–water diving gear, but nevertheless cleared obstacles.

After World War II:

Royal Marine assault engineers served with various Commandos from time to time and continue to do so, but see also history summary of 59 Indep Cdo Sqn RE.
bootneck54 - do you know anything about the history of that flash? Is it something that AEs wear on No 1s, or is it a WW2 flash?
 
#7
59 Cdo left Seaton Barrack's in 96 to relocate to RAF Chivenor in North Devon , after hav'ing spent a fortune in double glazing the whole camp along with Coypool , the Seaton site is now a Medical & Technoligy Park & in no way resembles what it was once was , no building's remain at all from the original camp , :roll: :lol:
 
#8
dondon said:
59 Cdo left Seaton Barrack's in 96 to relocate to RAF Chivenor in North Devon , after hav'ing spent a fortune in double glazing the whole camp along with Coypool , the Seaton site is now a Medical & Technoligy Park & in no way resembles what it was once was , no building's remain at all from the original camp , :roll: :lol:
Yep that is a standard Military Contact.
1. Build new Accomadation for SRts/JRts & or fit double glazing to every building in sight.
2. Close/Sell site & close/pull down all buildings.
3. Make plans to fit double glazing in buildings at Establishments where Matelots have been freezing to deah for 30 years.
4. Fit double glazing.
5. 6 months later go to para 2 again.

See HMS Cochrane, Portland Snr Rts, HMS Dryad.............anymore :evil:
 
#9
Engines said:
dondon said:
59 Cdo left Seaton Barrack's in 96 to relocate to RAF Chivenor in North Devon , after hav'ing spent a fortune in double glazing the whole camp along with Coypool , the Seaton site is now a Medical & Technoligy Park & in no way resembles what it was once was , no building's remain at all from the original camp , roll lol
Yep that is a standard Military Contact.
1. Build new Accomadation for SRts/JRts & or fit double glazing to every building in sight.
2. Close/Sell site & close/pull down all buildings.
3. Make plans to fit double glazing in buildings at Establishments where Matelots have been freezing to deah for 30 years.
4. Fit double glazing.
5. 6 months later go to para 2 again.

See HMS Cochrane, Portland Snr Rts, HMS Dryad.............anymore evil
I'ts a Fxxxxxxxxg blank cheque Is'nt it , happen's in every single Government Department , it's a joke realy and we the poor old tax payer pick up the tab :twisted: :evil:
 

Salty-Dog

Lantern Swinger
#11
Doesn't look as though the above link works.

Found it through a Yahoo search on Royal Marines Engineer Commando

'RM Engineer Commando: This unit provided demolitions and assault engineers for the Normandy invasion Mine-Clearing, demolition and other work was also undertaken. These units eventually developed into todays RM Assault Engineers.'

Also mentions a Plymouth Argyle Batallion!
 

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