A Recommended Reading List from the 
Imperial War Museum

The Department of Books of the Imperial War Museum in London have prepared a recommended reading list (No. 134) on the Royal Marines. The preface to this January 23, 2001 list states: "This is not a complete bibliography but a selected list of items that should prove particularly useful and be relatively widely available."


J.C. Beadle The Light Blue Lanyard: 50 Years with 40 Commando Royal Marines. 1992
Nick Van Der Bijl The Royal Marines, 1939-93. 1994
H.E. Blumberg Britain's Sea Soldiers: A Record of the Royal Marines During the War 1914-19. 1927
George A. Brown Commando Gallantry Awards of World War II. 1991
Colin John Bruce Invaders: British and American Experience of Seaborne Landings, 1939-1945. 1999
Horace Bruckshaw The Diaries of Private Horace Bruckshaw, 1915-16. 1979
Ian Dear Marines at War. 1982
Brian Edwards Marines from the Medway: The Story Behind Their Memorials in the Medway Towns. 1998
Edward Fraser & L.G. Carr-Laughton The Royal Marine Artillery, 1804-1923. 1930
J.A. Good, compiler A Register of Royal Marines War Deaths, 1939-1945. 1986-87
A. Cecil Hampshire The Secret Navies. 1978
W.G. Jenkins Commando Subaltern at War: Royal Marine Operations in Yugoslavia and Italy, 1944-45. 1996
P.K.W. Johnson The Story of 46 Commando, Royal Marines. 1946
James D. Ladd S.B.S. the Invisible Raiders: The History of the Special Boat Squadron from World War Two to the Present. 1983
James D. Ladd Inside the Commandos: A Pictorial History from World War Two to the Present. 1984
James D. Ladd Royal Marine Comando. 1982
James D. Ladd By Sea, By Land: The Royal Marines, 1919-1997: An Authorized History. Rev. Ed. 1998
Robert Bruce Lockhart The Marines Were There: The Story of the Royal Marines in the Second World War. 1950
Tony Mackenzie 44(R.M.) Commando: Achnacarry to the Araken: A Diary of the Commando at War, August 1943 to March 1947. 1996
Michael McConville Nothing Much to Lose: Story of 2nd Battalion Royal Marines and 43 Commando Marines, 1940-1945. 1992
Roben Neillands By Sea and Land: The Royal Marines Commandos: A History, 1942-1982. 1987
John Parker SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service. 1997
Royal Marines Historical Society With Full and Grateful Hearts: A Register of Royal Marine Deaths, 1914-1919. 1991
Bryan Samain Commando Men: The Story of a Royal Marine Commando in World war Two. 1988
Peter C. Smith The Royal Marines: A Pictorial History, 1664-1987. 1988
Julian Thompson No Picnic: 3 Commando Brigade in the South Atlantic: 1982. 1992
Julian Thompson The Royal Marines: From Sea Soldiers to a Special Force. 2000
John Trendell Operation Music-Maker: The Story of Royal Marines Bands. 1982
P.H.B. Wall & G.A.M. Ritson The Royal Marines Pocket Book. 1945
David Young Four Five: The Story of 45 Commando Royal marines, 1943-1971. 1972