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"Royal Marines commandos force US troops into a humiliating surrender" @ Twentynine Palms

The Bread Guy

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With a (very brief) Canadian reference ....
Royal Marines commandos 'dominated' US troops and forced them into a humiliating surrender just days into a mass training exercise in the Mojave desert, it has been revealed today.

British forces took part in a five-day mock battle at the US Marine Corps' Twentynine Palms base in southern California, one of the largest military training areas in the world, and achieved a decisive victory against their American counterparts.

The Royal Marines, along with allied forces from Canada, the Netherlands and the UAE, destroyed or rendered inoperable nearly every US asset and finished the exercise holding more than 65 per cent of the training area, after beginning with less than 20 per cent ...
 

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During my short sojourn with the Royal Marines, on a large winter ex in Arctic Norway, we were very pleased with ourselves after having 'trounced' a USMC battalion during an exercise to capture a large bridge via a classic, daggers in teeth, sneaky peaky landing craft type night operation....

... right up until the point that they told us we had been wiped out earlier by a squadron of F-18s, but they didn't want to spoil it for us :)
 

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So if I get this right, an RM Tp wiped out a MAB? 🤔
 

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So if I get this right, an RM Tp wiped out a MAB? 🤔
Seems like the RM had a lot more than a troop - with Arty and Air Support as well as coalition forces - against a USMC Amphibious BN - which isn't exactly a strong entity by itself.
 

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So if I get this right, an RM Tp wiped out a MAB? 🤔

In my case Yankee Coy 45 Cdo, with a 'Dragon' troop from Whiskey Coy (RNLMC) attached, pulled off a coup de main on a large bridge demolition guard force.

Basically, the USMC Coy on the bridge itself was asleep.

I did the recce .... by walking down the road and right up to their Ops Room (carrying only my M16 trials rifle) claiming to be a Canadian whose BV 202 had broken down. Being very polite chaps, they did all they could to help me, and I wandered off back down the road 'to wait for recovery' and quickly briefed our following fighting patrols who were on the bridge, and their CP, shortly after that. The recce teams had found the sentries by following their snoring, apparently.

Much self-congratulatory back slapping followed, with our enthusiasm subsequently snuffed out when we were told that the F-18s had punched our tickets earlier in the evening.

All that to say, don't take hubris infused 'exercise victory' claims against the USMC at face value ;)
 

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Seems like the RM had a lot more than a troop - with Arty and Air Support as well as coalition forces - against a USMC Amphibious BN - which isn't exactly a strong entity by itself.
I guess my mistake was basing my perception from the Daily Mail article that quoted the Tp v. Bn aspect.

I think the difference was the RM’s dagger patch, which is far more lethal than the Marines’ dust goggles…ie. The DailyMail info graphic below…
 

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Much self-congratulatory back slapping followed, with our enthusiasm subsequently snuffed out when we were told that the F-18s had punched our tickets earlier in the evening.
Sounds like RV92 DZ overflight by a AC-130 where the AC lit up the DZ with white light to simulate the cannons and miniguns - scratch 1 x CAR.
Night Jump Success - but didn't not survive the DZ...
All that to say, don't take hubris infused 'exercise victory' claims against the USMC at face value ;)
I have zero faith in any Ex's as there usually is a pre-ordained winner.
 

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Some of the drones being used by the royal marines are pretty cool in that ex.

Having a platform fly over low, using cover, dropping off supplies, and zooming back to somewhere was pretty cool to see.
 

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0A1BFD22-751C-45A4-B431-12C8D4C8E2A0.jpegI guess the Marines weren’t allowed to use their Kaman resupply drones…
 

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I trained with the USMC at 29 Palms and MAGTF in Yuma, AZ. My view is the average Marine Rifle Coy was super young and fit. Their average rifleman was physically very capable and could do some pretty impressive things physically but their NCOs were generally younger and less seasoned than ours.

I worked with a Marine Corps Rifle Company that was going through work ups and they weren't as comfortable with doing Raids, Live Fire at Night, etc as we were at that time. They trained very hard though and I would say their individual soldiering skills were very very good but the leadership at the Section and Company Level was weaker due to age and experience.
 
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The Marines produce a Sgt Squad leader in four years.

Which calls for one of these, I believe:


Michael Conor Mic Drop GIF by In Real Life
 

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The Marines produce a Sgt Squad leader in four years.
Would you accept the USMC has a Sgt who is a Squad Leader in four years.
Produces usually confirms quality ;)

The largest issue I see in the US Military (and the USMC is slower at promoting than the Army) is the speed that the enlisted ranks progress - which leads to a much less experienced NCO than the Commonwealth Armies.
 
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Interesting the bit about the Assault Group working with local acquired kit rather than bringing their Vikings along with them. Bug? Or Feature?

Working with the tools available and still being effective?

Couple of other articles. Beware the bumf.



 

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We did in the past too, they were greeeeaaaaat.
I forgot about RNTP! The Reserve Non-Commissioned Officer Training Program, just add water, instant Infantry Section Commander. Instant NCOs are a staple of some conscript armies — I forgot about our brief flirtation with the concept.
 
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