Britain's Sea Soldiers, by H.E. Blumberg

Britain's Sea Soldiers, by H.E. Blumberg
Subtitled 'A Record of the Royal Marines during the War 1914-1919'

Book published by the Royal Marines Historical Society in 2014, 488 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N7343)

From the inside front fly leaf: This book tells the story of the 55,000 men who served in the Corps during World War One. Blumberg was well placed to tell this tale; he served throughout the war and retired as a General. Published in 1927 and based largely on accounts of Marines written by Marines his work is an epic account of this seminal period in our history. Almost every action undertaken by the Corps is described in enormous detail, including the names of all the participants who were decorated.

Between them they won 5 Victoria Crosses, 69 Distinguished Service Orders, 96 Distinguished Service and Military Crosses, 2 Air Force Crosses, 51 Distinguished Conduct and Conspicuous Gallantry Medals and 521 Distinguished Service and Military Medals. Bands of the Royal Marines led the British contingent in the allied Victory Parade in Paris on 14 July 1919. From the coast of Belgium in August 1914 through the sands of Gallipoli, the mud of the Wesrem Front, the heroism ofZeebrugge to the frozen wastes of Arctic Russia Royal Marine Battalions were deployed continuously from 1914 with the last men not returning home until 1920.

The Royal Navy has 220 battle honours for World War One; the corps shared in every one. From single ship actions to the fleet battle at Jutland, from the lakes of Central Africa across the oceans, from fleet radio officers to bugle boys, from landing parties to manning turrets, the Royal Marines played their part.

With the original long out of print and lacking an index, the Royal Marines Historical Society has digitally reformatted the book and undertaken the mammoth task of adding an index. So now you can easily find your relatives and/or people/ships/units/actions you are particularly interested in. Anyone interested in the medals presented to Marines for service in WW1 will find invaluable the list of recipients for each British gallantry award and every overseas award presented to the Corps.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.