From the Reign of King Charles II to Fighting with Nelson at Trafalgar, from World War I to Heat of Helmand. 350 Years of the Regiment Military Call Bootnecks; THE BIG READ RCOURAGE ROYAL MARINES CELEBRATE A LONG HISTORY OF TENACITY AND COURAGE; from the Public to Big Name Stars, People Are Coming Together to Commemorate the Anniversary of One of the World's Most Respected Fighting Forces

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From the Reign of King Charles II to Fighting with Nelson at Trafalgar, from World War I to Heat of Helmand. 350 Years of the Regiment Military Call Bootnecks; THE BIG READ RCOURAGE ROYAL MARINES CELEBRATE A LONG HISTORY OF TENACITY AND COURAGE; from the Public to Big Name Stars, People Are Coming Together to Commemorate the Anniversary of One of the World's Most Respected Fighting Forces


Byline: JAMES MONCUR reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk JAMES MONCUR

WHAT do Han Solo, Superman and Bane have in common? The three big screen superstars were among a host of famous faces to send birthday wishes to the Royal Marines, who mark their 350th anniversary this week.

Star Wars legend Harrison Ford, Superman's Henry Cavill and The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy joined forces with other stars in a YouTube tribute to one of the world's most feared and respected fighting forces.

The celebrations will come to a head later today when 100 commandos march through Glasgow to accept the Freedom of the City.

And the gestures are well deserved because The Corps - whose graniteedged foundations are buried deep in Scotland - have been at the forefront of every British conflict since they were formed in 1664.

A third of those who had fought alongside Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 were marines, while nine years later their men had the audacity to torch the White House during the assault on Washington.

The Royal Marines - whose motto Per Mare, Per Terram means 'by sea, by land' - were one of the first units to be deployed at the outbreak of World War I and played a major part in the Normandy landings in the summer of 1944.

More recently, Bootnecks - as they are better known within military circles, due to the leather "stock" soldiers wore around their neck inside the collar - have seen action in the Falklands, both Gulf Wars, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Since World War II, with the exception of 1968, commandos have been involved in conflicts The and the somewhere on the globe every single year.

Marines remains strong ever And Scotland has played a huge part in moulding these astonishing fighting men.

MAJ GILL The 45 Commando are based in Arbroath, while 43 Fleet Protection Group, who guard our nuclear assets and provide force protection in the Gulf, work from Faslane.

In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, the Corps' elite M Squadron were tasked with protecting oil rigs in the North Sea, while seared into every Royal Marine's psyche are the legendary "beastings" dished out each winter during mountain training in some of the most rugged and brutal terrain that Skye and the Highlands have to offer.

He said: "It is an important year for the marines with the 350th anniversary, 100 years since the start of the First World War and 70 years since the Battle of Walcheren during the Second World War.

"Our lives in the marines have changed immeasurably since 9/11 the mettle and grit of the Royal Marine Commando remains as strong changed immeasurably since 9/11 but the mettle and grit of the Royal Marine Commando remains as strong as it ever was.

"There is still that feeling in the minds of young men that says I want to go and serve my country - and it's a special feeling joining the Royal Marines and wearing the green beret."

"There is still that feeling in the minds of young men that says I want to go and serve my country - and it's special feeling joining the Royal Marines and wearing the green beret."

From fighting at the Battle of Trafalgar, through World War II to the modern day, the Royal Marines are an integral part of Britain's defence and their distinction combines excellence, versatility and amphibious skills. …

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