Short-form name for ship-based infantry created by Henry VIII to kick the French
Royal Marine Commandos are the best equipped rapid-reaction shock/assault force on the planet - anyone who parachutes field artillery into place before the ground troops means business.
Praised by the French Foriegn Legion (there's irony for you); Russian Spetznaz; the USMC (but never in public, looks bad in the papers). These dudes are the second-best infantry unit... If only they could find the best...
George W. Bush: "Well, we need to open Iraq up for oil.. I mean, to secure worldwide democracy. Think I'll send the USMC in to clear the ground."
Tony "Poodle" Blair: "Don't worry, darling, I'll send the Royals in first, you know they love dying for no good reason. Now, please f*ck me up the a*se again? Please??"