February 1933

The Sword in the Royal Marines

Volume 17, Issue 4


Major Edwin North McClellan, USMC

On looking through the illustrations in Colonel Field's History of the Corps, one notices that the earliest pictures show that officers carried swords of the rapier type, possibly what are called "small swords." The handling of a sword was then a necessary part of the education of a gentleman, and they were all probably expert in its use; the sword belt was an embroidered shoulder belt with crimson sword knot.

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