James Bisiker Film 1Jimmy Bisiker gives a great account of service in 40 Commando during the post-war years of 1947/48. He was one of the very last Marine's to leave Palestine when the State of Isreal was formed. In this film he talks about joining up and an incident in training where one trainee died of hypothermia.
James Bisiker Film 2The RMC training regime is recognised as one of the very toughest in the world. In this film Jimmy talks about his training and recalls an incident with live mortar fire that almost killed him.
James Bisiker Film 3Life in the services brings you into contact with all sorts of characters and one man is recalled with a degree of respect that might seem surprising from a trained killer. Jimmy also talks about the journey to Palestine.
James Bisiker Film 4Benghazi had taken a hammering during the second world war and Jimmy describes the devastation. It's then on to Haifa where the job of 40 Commando was to secure the docks and ensure the safe carriage out of all the British forces and their equipment left over from WWII.
James Bisiker Film 5Jimmy recalls Z day in detail. 40 Commando were the last to leave the port and Jimmy, who was positioned on the harbour master's roof keeping an eye out, was one of the very last to step onto LST Striker. A key moment in world history told eloquently.
James Bisiker Film 6Many Jewish POW's released from the camps in Germany were taken to Cyprus for holding until they went to their promised land. Kept in camps they were guarded by members of 40 Commando and Jimmy recalls this task and the subsequent clear up after they moved on. It's quite harrowing stuff.