Commando: Winning the Green Beret

Commando: Winning the Green Beret

Hugh McManners

The Royal Marine Commandos were formed by Churchill during World War II and have earned a reputation as the most feared amphibious infantry in the world. They are highly trained, disciplined, tough, determined and efficient, always basing their operations on speed, mobility, surprise and fire-power.


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About the Book

There are two ways to join the Commandos – through a Recruit Troop Course for teenagers, or through the All Arms Course for volunteeers from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Both involve intensive training, physical hardship and mental pressure, ending with the gruelling Commando tests. This book follows two such courses and presents a human story which finds the reality a far cry from the popular idea of Commandos as gung-ho Captain Hurricanes. The author, who himself successfully complete the All Arms Course, takes the reader through the agony and ecstasy of the Commando training programme in an effort to understand why these men endure this self-inflicted punishment, and to explain the pride and honour felt on winning the green beret.

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 9780563369813
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About the Author
Hugh McManners

Born in Oxford, raised in Australia, trained by the British Army, educated at Oxford University, after a 17 year military career, now writing books, running a scientific research foundation and living in Oxford. I really liked Australia, Sydney's glorious harbour and beaches, and my school Shore, so at the age of 13 it was a nightmare coming back to grey, dismal UK, where handicapped by my Ozzie accent at Magdalen College School, I had to learn Latin from scratch in a class of unbelievably cultured boffins who were already reading Horace (and other writings that were of much mystery to me). But after a lot of fun playing bass guitar in one of the earliest heavy rock bands, my attempts at 'O' and 'A' Levels at one of the UK's first comprehensive schools - as a guinea pig in the great 'Leicestershire Plan', left me with no choice but to join the Army. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was a severe culture shock. But after a couple of very happy years in a commando unit, my three years at Oxford University reading geography at St Edmund Hall, and doing boxing (please note my careful use of verbs) were both antidote and stimulus to further military adventures. The apogee of my military career was the Falklands War. I then declined gently into Staff College Camberley, MoD staff appointments and a rather jolly final few years commanding an artillery gun battery in Northern Ireland, Thorney Island, and beside a lake with ducks in northern Germany. Since then, I've produced television documentaries, spent five interesting years as the Sunday Time's defence correspondent, whilst writing the sort of books Amazon so efficiently sells under my name on this site. I live in Oxford, and have two astonishingly musical sons: one now in the Army - a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons. More information, blogs and various guides to the Army, survival and other related subjects maybe found at

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