Royal Marines veterans take on the infamous 9-mile speed march

Royal Marines veterans, take on the infamous 9-mile speed march. The event was held at Spean Bridge in Scotland, in aid of The Royal Marines charity, who are celebrating 75 years with their work.

Left to Right: Lt Col Gaz Veacock RM, Mne Ross Cooney RMR, Capt X RM, Gunner Daz Adams RA, Cpl Andy Dunkin RM,
Mne Chris Thrall RM, LCpl Jase Paterson RM, Cpl Rick Coulson RM, Cpl Steve Boden RM, WO1 Mac McMillan RM and Ralphy (the dog)

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Royal Marines veterans take on the infamous 9-mile speed march

By Cpl (Rtd) Steve Boden RM

An RMA North Devon led team of both current and former Royal Marines recently completed the Spean Bridge Train Station – Achnacarry Speed March in support of RMA – The Royal Marines Charity.

It was also completed to raise awareness of the ongoing Mental Health challenges faced within the RM and across all the Armed Forces. This iconic route was first undertaken by Commando’s during WWII, whereby when individuals arrived at the Spean Bridge Train Station, they had to complete the 7-mile (11Km) route to Achnacarry Castle with equipment and weapons, within an hour. Those who were unsuccessful were returned to their unit the following day. This speed march was not only relevant 80 years ago, but also remains key today were a comparable march (9-mile) is completed as one of the Commando Tests at CTCRM. It remains a rite of passage with gaining the coveted green beret.

Spean Bridge Station – Achnacarry Speed March

https://rma-trmc.org/spean-bridge-station-achnacarry-speed-march/

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UK And EU Army? Our Orwellian Future | Podcast #159

‘Will UK military merge with EU Army?’ is the question I asked former para signaler, Mike McCarthy, a director of Veterans for Truth. Mike explains to me why the UK military has no choice but to become part of the EU army defence force. It has already been decided.

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‘Will UK military merge with EU Army?’

‘Are we heading for a 1984-like Orwellian future’ and ‘will the UK military merge with EU Army?’ is the fascinating podcast chat Chris Thrall had with former parachute regiment signaler Mike McCarthy.

Transcript from ‘Will UK military merge with EU Army? Podcast #159

C – How are you?

M – Good my brother. I’ve just been out on the hills and I’ve spent my whole day up there, so it was a great. The weather started out as such a beautiful day here in southern Ireland and then the hail came down. So we had a hail storm. We had everything today. The weather was wonderful and great anyway.

C – It is so important to get out mate isn’t it and to make that connection with nature so we don’t get too freaking tunnel-visioned by all this technological, urban, ugliness.

M -You’ve got to be out rain or shine, every single day and yes it’s beautiful. I think it was Kurt Vonnegut whom said, ‘We’re here to have a good time and don’t let anyone tell you different’. Whatever we’re going through, this is the day we’ve been given and we should make it a good one. I try and do that everyday.

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SAS Paras Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU! | #158

SAS Paras & Royal Marines to be rebranded by The EU! We’re losing the control and identity of our UK armed forces to the European Defence Forces and the ‘global’ agenda.

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SAS Paras & Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU!

SAS Paras & Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU! We’re losing the control and identity of our UK armed forces to the European Defence Forces and the ‘global’ agenda. No one knows or cares!

Transcript snippet from ‘SAS Paras & Royal Marines To Be REBRANDED EU!’

C – Hello Dave and what have you got for me this week. Is the face of the Royal Marines changing for the better or worse?

D – Very good morning to you Chris and a big shout out to all the fellow bootnecks and frontline units there. Well we’ve sort of rounded the revelations made yesterday at the defence committee and we’ve had this integrated review finally being released. It’s full but of course what they’ve done over the previous months is this stuff keeps being drifted out in little snippets. Just as if it’s like a softening up exercise. So there’s several things happening in the same time frame. So let’s go with the Royal Marines and Stonehouse. We’ve got the same M.O. as drifting this stuff out in the press, so they want to shut Stonehouse. That’s the cultural centre of the Royal Marines. We’re seeing this gambit of a Rangers force coming in. The concept of this unification of our military was articulated by our permanent secretary back in 2015.

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Arctic Warfare Training AWT | Royal Marines | #75

Arctic Warfare Training AWT | Royal Marines Commando Unit, features Chris Thrall talking about the commando’s training in Norway.

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Arctic Warfare Training AWT | Royal Marines Commando Unit

Ever wondered what it is like to fight in the Norwegian Arctic, carrying an eighty pound bergen on a pair of skis, jumping into ice-cold water and sleeping in a snowcave? In this podcast I talk about my arctic warfare training in Norway (AWT) in the first year of a Royal Marines Commando Unit.

Transcript snippet from ‘Arctic Warfare Training AWT’ podcast

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C – Hello friends, I hope this finds you well. Welcome back to another in my what’s the royal marines really like series. I’ve been really looking forward to doing this for quite some time now, because I’m going to talk about Norway, which looking back at least was an experience I was so glad I went through, if maybe I wasn’t so happy at the time for reasons I’ll explain. So Norway is where the Royal Marines do their Arctic Warfare training. I first sort of came across the Norway experience as opposed to just hearing about it when I was on rear party at 42 Commando. So I left for training in February, bitterly cold when we did our commando tests and I went to 42 Commando which is at Bickley, just outside Plymouth, and I was on something called rear party which is basically guard duty. The reason being the whole unit were away on winter deployment or exercise and this was of course in Norway where 42 and 45 commando go every year, at least that’s how it was when I served…

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US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin | #141

US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin, features James Stejskal who was recruited from the 82nd Airborne Brigade, into an elite military special forces unit, the green berets. They operated espionage and reconnaissance hundreds of miles behind the Iron Curtain, in Cold War Berlin.

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US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin

James Stejskal was recruited from the 82nd Airborne Brigade into an elite military special forces unit, the green berets, to operate espionage and reconnaissance hundreds of miles behind the Iron Curtain in Cold War Berlin. In this podcast we discuss the role of US special ops – US Army Rangers, US Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Green Berets – and their UK equivalent – Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Service (SBS), the Royal Marines Commandos, etc – as well as James’s unit’s highly covert mission behind enemy lines during the Cold War.

Transcript snippet from ‘US Special Forces In COLD War Berlin’ podcast

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C – James, how are you brother?

J – Very well, good morning Chris, well it’s proper afternoon where you are.

C – Hey, the way my head is it could be morning, noon or night?

J – It doesn’t really matter to me at the minute with this Corona thing going on, I’m stuck in the house no matter what.

C – It kinds of bring home the importance of routine.

J – It gives me a lot of time to work on my writing.

C – Of course. I think writing and podcasting are the two disciplines the flourish under these conditions. I call it a fiasco.

J – It certainly does, I don’t have the technical skills down for this, but I’ve been participating in a lot of Zoom calls, more in this last year than in my whole entire life, which is quite a few!

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USMC Instructor PASSES Commando Course | #124

USMC Instructor PASSES Commando Course, features Sgt. Robert Gabrych who was a platoon sergeant in The United States Marine Corp.

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USMC Instructor PASSES Commando Course

Robert was a platoon sergeant in the United States Marine Corp (USMC) who was later attached to the Royal Marines at the training centre in Lympstone and passed the elite commando course. He was an elite swimmer scout who went on to become a police officer in the SWAT team.

Transcript snippet from ‘USMC Instructor PASSES Commando Course’ podcast

Chris and Robert

C – Robert, how are you brother?

R – Chris, I’m doing good mate, how are you?

C – Nice to be called a mate by an American! Do Americans know that’s like an English and Australian thing?

R –  Yeah, we’ve seen enough Guy Ritchie movies now to understand it.

C – It’s buddy in America right?

R – Brother, brother is the big one.

C -I like brother, it’s what we all should be isn’t it. I wanna say Robert, I’ve had some of the best times ever with Americans. I’m proud to have served with them, I was in Sicily with the USMC. I learnt to fly in America and I learnt to skydive in America. It’s such a kind, and wonderful hospitable country…

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