For 350 years Britain’s Royal Marines have served the crown in virtually every part of the globe and with great distinction and gallantry.
During the Napoleonic Wars they saw plenty of service on both land and sea and helped defeat Napoleon from the sands of Egypt to the waters off Cape Trafalgar.
First nicknamed “Bootnecks” during this period (because of the leather neck stocks they wore) Marines had a dual function aboard ship…they ensured the safety of the ship’s officers and the maintenance of discipline among the crew. In battle, they provided riflemen as well as additional gun crew and took a leading part in boarding actions.
On dry land they were involved in countless amphibious operations and, when necessary garrison duties and security details for naval establishments.
These new K&C “Bootnecks” are fighting ashore.