Police stunt ‘violated British sovereignty’: Spanish police have now come under fire for sending divers to inspect a concrete reef in Gibraltar’s international waters, who then took underwater pictures of themselves unfurling the Spanish flag.
Being a proud Englishman, and an ex Royal Marine, I can only presume that the Spanish and the French will be accustomed to seeing their national flags in such a way – salt water logged on the bottom of davy jones locker. (Of interest? My great, great, Grandfather [KIA 21 Oct 1805] and his brother, served as Marines aboard Nelsons Flagship, HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar 21 Oct 1805).
The Capture of Gibraltar – 24 July 1704 The famous attack upon Gibraltar, which led to its surrender to the British, on 24 July 1704 was carried out by a Brigade of British and Dutch Marines, 1800 strong, under the command of Prince George of Hese-Darmstadt. In the following October, Gibraltar was besieged by the French and Spanish. The Marines from the British Fleet, held the fortress against repeated attacks until the siege was raised on 9 March 1705. In one incident in this fighting, Captain Fisher of the Marines with 17 of his men, successfully defended the Round Tower against the continued assaults of 500 French Grenadiers. A contemporary report of this noted defence says, “Encouraged by the Prince of Hesse, the garrison did more than could humanly be expected, and the English Marines gained an immortal glory.”(17 Marines against 500 French, is hardly fair, Captain Fisher should have stood five Marines down for the weekend to even the odds)!.
Not only did we batter the Spanish, and took the ‘Rock’, we also done a few frogs over too – Huzza! BATTLE HONOUR: The Royal Marines display only one battle honour “Gibraltar” which is reflected upon their cap badge – their close relationship with Gibraltar continues, having in recent years been granted the Freedom of Gibraltar.
2013: Seconds out, round two. “Down ramp, out Marines”… With the new modern bayonet you would only be able to skewer two or three enemy at a time; with the old type 18″ bayonet of 1704 – you could have a dozen ‘paella-munchers’ on it and still have room for three frogs!
Five Royal Marines, previously stood down, now ready to go… Yours Aye.