Marines vs Paras: Who's More Popular?

It’s one of the biggest rivalries in the British Armed Forces...

It's one of the biggest rivalries in the British Armed Forces.

The Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment are both elite units with legendary reputations. We decided to find out who was more popular in 2014 on Google. 

We discovered the 'Bootnecks' have been searched for seven times more frequently than the Paras.

Many Royal Marines will surely think this is proof of something they've been arguing over for some time.

The Channel 4 documentary 'Royal Marines Commando School' may have had something to do with it, with a huge spike in searches in July.

However, it does matter what term you are searching for.

Unfortunately for the Marines, if you compare 'Royal Marines' to 'Paras', the scales tilt considerably to 7.7 million hits versus the Marine's 5.5.

One thing is for certain though, the debate will run on and on for many years to come.