The British media has been in a frenzy over the last couple of days. That by itself isn’t necessarily news. The British media also has a reputation of being kind of brutal or easy to wind up. Even more so than the American media. Just ask Megan Markle and Prince Harry. This time, however, Megan isn’t the American they are fired up about. It’s the U.S. Marine Corps that has them in quite the tizzy.

On Wednesday, November 3, the Daily Telegraph reported the results of a five-day joint training exercise that took place last week in the California desert. The exercise, titled “Green Dagger,” involved the military of several allied nations: The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and the Netherlands. Several other media outlets — mostly British — picked up the story, and ran with it.

According to the reporting from the Telegraph, based on a report from the British Ministry of Defense, during the five-day exercise the British Royal Marine Commandos “dominated” the U.S. Marines. It was reported that the U.S. Marines asked for a “reset” less than halfway through the exercise. “Reset” meaning, the exercise was going so badly for the U.S. Marines, they asked to start the exercise over again. Blimey! Is that true?

In a massive PR play, with Twitter and social media lighting up the internet, the British MoD made some very bold statements and some very interesting claims. The British media spread those claims and took a lot of liberty with those statements, as well.

Hold your tea and biscuits for a moment, is any of this true?  Did the Royal Marines compel the U.S. Marines to “surrender?’

US Marines British Royal Marines in Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV)
U.S. Marines familiarize British Royal Marines on the capabilities of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle during exercise Green Dagger at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, September 29, 2021. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shane T. Beaubien/USMC)


The Media Coverage of Exercise Green Dagger

The majority of the early information shared in the media about exercise Green Dagger primarily comes from the statement from the British MoD to The Telegraph. Meaning, most of the media outlets running the story, are sharing the same information published by The Telegraph. They are mostly sharing the same details over and over. SOFREP has now learned that the majority of those details are inaccurate and incorrect.

The headline from The Telegraph article reads, “Royal Marines force U.S. troops to surrender just days into a training exercise.” The subhead continues with “Elite commandos outperformed their U.S. counterparts when trialling a new battle structure in California.”