The ROYAL MARINES are the UK’s Commando Force and the Royal Navy’s own amphibious troops. Founded in 1664 they are one of the world’s oldest and most elite fighting forces and optimise Britain’s global military rapid response with the unique ability to handle a wide spectrum of threats and security challenges.
Since their foundation the ‘Royals’ have seen action in every corner of the world throughout the centuries, from the ‘Seven Years War’ all the way up to the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During that time thy have formed close military ties with other allied Marine forces, particularly the United States Marine Corps and the Dutch Korps Mariners.
The Royal Marines have a long and proud history with many unique traditions. Their latin motto, ‘Per Mare Per Terram’ translates as ‘By Sea and By Land’.
This aptly describes their capability to fight as well on land or at sea as the situation demands.
The Royal Marine cap badge shows a British Lion atop a royal crown sitting above a globe of the world surrounded by a laurel wreath.
Their distinctive dark blue ‘parade dress’, as shown on our new figures, is usually worn with the ‘Wolseley’ pattern pith helmet.
All of these new K&C marines are carrying the older L1A1 Self Loading Rifles with fixed bayonets which remained in British military service from the late 1950’s up until the early 1980’s.
Before I became K&C’s Co-founder and creative director, I was proud to serve as a Royal Marine Commando from 1972-1977, hence my choice of rifle.