Fain Would I Climb

Episode 1 of 7

Duration: 35 minutes

First transmitted in 1985, this series follows the progress of 25 prospective members of the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre (MAWC), a specialist unit of the Royal Marines. We follow their training as they experience the extreme environments that they will face in combat.

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    The Royal Marines are part of the Navy. This programme graphically portrays the diverse field of operations that Britain's armed forces can find themselves in and the breadth of training required to meet those needs. In this case it's arctic warfare and high altitude training for specialist teams - it's tough, it's arduous, and it's cold!

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Ian Wooldridge
Ian Wooldridge
Camera Operator
Ian Kennedy
Steve Felton
Michael Begg


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