Royal Marines in East Devon - A History of Lympstone and Dalditch Camps, by Anthony John Perrett
Book published by the Royal Marines Historical Society in 2011, 88 pages. Paperback (N7341)
From the rear side cover: Although anyone even remotely interested in the Royal Marines will have heard of CTCRM Lympstone, fewer will have heard of the nearby Second World War Dalditch Camp. This is a revised and reprinted version of Tony Perrett's excellent history of these two camps which played, and in the case of CTCRM Lympstone still plays, such an important role in the very existence of the Royal Marines. Indeed many would argue that CTCRM is the best, most efficient and cost-effective military training machine in Europe and possibly anywhere in the world.
Both camps came into being early in WW2, Dalditch, planned for 5,000 men, mainly under canvas, being much the bigger, but after the war the camp at Lympstone, which held approximately 3,000 all ranks, largely because of its location and the permanence of its buildings, took on the role of principal military training establishment for the Royal Marines, other than initial training which reverted to Deal until 1976 when that too returned to Lympstone. Little is left of the old Dalditch Camp, but at its height in the 1940s many thousands of Marines received their training there and many wartime RM Battalions formed up in this camp until its final elosure at the end of 1946.
Tony Perrett, the then editor of the RMHS, wrote and published this Special Publication in 1986 and it is a measure of its continued popularity that this second edition, which has been improved thanks to modern technology and access to more and better quality photographs, is now published.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.