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Encyclopedia > Parachute Regiment (United Kingdom)
The Parachute Regiment

Parachute Regiment cap badge
Active 1941-
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
Type Airborne Infantry
Role 1st Battalion/SFSG - Special Forces
2nd Battalion - Air Assault/Light Role
3rd Battalion - Air Assault/Light Role
4th Battalion - TA Reserve
Size Four battalions
Garrison/HQ RHQ - Colchester
1st Battalion - RAF St Athan
2nd Battalion - Colchester
3rd Battalion - Colchester
4th Battalion - Leeds
Nickname The Red Devils, The Paras, Maroon Machine
Motto Utrinque Paratus (Ready for Anything) (Latin)
March Quick - Ride of the Valkyries
Slow - Pomp and Circumstance No 4
Mascot Shetland Pony (Pegasus)
Battles/wars see Battle honours
Commanders
Colonel-in-Chief HRH The Prince of Wales, KG, GCB, KT
Colonel Commandant General Sir John George Reith, KCB, CBE, CDM, 66 - 1 Bar
Insignia
Drop Zone Flash

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The Parachute Regiment is the Airborne Infantry element of the British Army. It is considered an elite unit by virtue of its stringent selection process, and rigorous training programme, and by the requirement of its role to operate with minimal, or no, support, potentially behind enemy lines, and against superior forces[citation needed]. It forms the parachute trained infantry element of 16th Air Assault Brigade. Airborne Military parachuting form of insertion. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, bicycles, or other means. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The 16 Air Assault Brigade (16 Air Asslt Bde) is a unit of the British Army. ...

Contents

Organisation

The regiment is formed of three regular and one reserve battalions and provides the Pathfinder Platoon to 16 Brigade HQ element. One battalion is permanently attached to Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group:[1][2] Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO military graphic symbols A battalion is a military unit usually consisting of between two and six companies and typically commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) is an umbrella directorate overseeing the Special Forces units of the British Armed Forces. ... The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is a unit of the United Kingdom Special Forces. ...

Parachute wings worn on the right shoulder once soldiers have passed the Basic Parachute Course

3 Para includes the Guards Parachute Platoon, made up of men from the five Foot Guards regiments. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is a unit of the United Kingdom Special Forces. ... The 4th (Volunteer) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) is a Territorial Army (TA) unit based throughout the UK. Originally the Battalion covered the North of England with its Headquarters located in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. ... Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ...


Following the amalgamation of single battalion regiments in 2006 and 2007, the Parachute Regiment, formed in 1942, will become the oldest un-amalgamated line infantry regiment in the British Army, only the five Foot Guards regiments being older. Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Foot guards is a term used to describe elite infantry regiments. ...


All Parachute Regiment recruit training, and selection for parachute training by serving military personnel, is undertaken at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick. The Infantry Training Centre (ITC) is a unit of the British Army administered by HQ School of Infantry. ...


Formation

The Parachute Regiment has its origins in the elite force of Commandos set up by the British Army at the request of Winston Churchill. Britain was inspired in the creation of airborne forces (including the Parachute Regiment, Air Landing Regiments, and the Glider Pilot Regiment) by the example of the German Luftwaffe's Fallschirmjäger, which had a major role in the invasions of Norway, and the Low Countries, and a pivotal, if Pyrrhic, one in the invasion of Crete. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. ... An Air Landing Regiment of the British Army, during the Second World War, was any combat or support regiment (or battalion - smaller units might also assigned to the Air Landing role) which had been tasked with an airborne role, specifically a glider-borne role. ... The Glider Pilot Regiment was possibly the shortest lived and least known unit of the Second World War. ... The Deutsche Luftwaffe or   (German: air force, literally Air Weapon, pronounced lufft-va-fa, IPA: ) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ... Fallschirmjäger Fallschirmjäger photo taken from The Hague, Bezuidenhout during the invasion of the Low Countries, morning of May 10, 1940   (often rendered Fallschirmjager in English; from German Fallschirm parachute and Jäger, a term for light infantry; literally hunter; ranger) are German paratroopers. ... It has been suggested that Regents: Low Countries be merged into this article or section. ... A pyrrhic is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. ... Crete (Greek Κρήτη — classical transliteration KrÄ“tÄ“, modern Greek transliteration Kríti; Ottoman Turkish گريد (Girit); Classical Latin CrÄ“ta, Vulgar Latin Candia) is the largest of the Greek islands at 8,336 km² (3,219 square miles) and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. ...


Britain's first airborne assault took place on February 10, 1941, when, what was then known as II Special Air Service (some 40 men of 500 trained in No. 2 Commando), introduced themselves to the enemy by jumping into Italy and blowing up an aqueduct in a daring raid named Operation Colossus. is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... During World War II, Operation Colossus was an experimental raid by thirty-eight of the five hundred men of No. ...


After the Battle of Crete, it was agreed that Britain would need far more paratroopers for similar operations. No 2 Commando were tasked with specialising in airborne assault and became the nucleus of the Parachute regiment. Combatants Greece United Kingdom New Zealand Australia Germany Italy Commanders Bernard Freyberg Kurt Student Strength United Kingdom: 15,000 Greece: 11,000 Australia: 7,100 New Zealand: 6,700 Total: 40,000 (10,000 without fighting capability. ... An American USMC Paratrooper using a MC1-B series parachute Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force. ...


Notable operations

British Army Arms and Services

Combat Arms
Royal Armoured Corps
Infantry
Guards Division
Scottish Division
King's Division
Queen's Division
Prince of Wales' Division
Royal Irish Regiment
Parachute Regiment
Brigade of Gurkhas
The Rifles
Army Air Corps
Special Air Service Regiment
Combat Support Arms
Royal Regiment of Artillery
Corps of Royal Engineers
Royal Corps of Signals
Intelligence Corps
Combat Services
Royal Army Chaplains Department
Royal Logistic Corps
Army Medical Services
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Army Dental Corps
Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Queen Alexandra's Royal
Army Nursing Corps
Corps of Royal Electrical and
Mechanical Engineers
Adjutant General's Corps
Army Legal Services Branch
Royal Military Police
Military Provost Staff Corps
Small Arms School Corps
Army Physical Training Corps
General Service Corps
Corps of Army Music

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) is currently a collection of ten regular regiments, mostly converted from old horse cavalry regiments, and four Yeomanry regiments of the Territorial Army. ... The British Armys Infantry is comprised of 55 battalions of Infantry, from 32 Regiments. ... The Guards Division is an administrative unit of the British Army responsible for the administration of the regiments of Foot Guards. ... The Scottish Division is a British Army Infantry command, training and administrative apparatus designated for all Scottish infantry units. ... The Kings Division is a British Army command, training and administrative apparatus designated for all land force units in the North of England. ... The Queens Division is a British Army command, training and administrative apparatus designated for has the regiments from the east of England and the remaining regiment of Fusiliers. ... The Prince of Waless Division is a British Army command, training and administrative apparatus designated for all land force units in the West of England and Wales. ... The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment), commonly just called the Royal Irish Regiment (R IRISH), is an infantry unit of the British Army and is the only remaining Irish regiment of the line. ... The Parachute Regiments display team, the Red Devils at an American airshow The Parachute Regiment is the main body of elite airborne troops of the British Army. ... Gurkha Soldiers (1896) The Brigade of Gurkhas is the collective term for British Army units that are composed of Nepalese soldiers. ... For the band The Rifles, see The Rifles (band). ... The Army Air Corps is a component of the British Army. ... The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) is the principal special forces unit of the British Army. ... Tactical Recognition Flash of the Royal Artillery The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA), is, despite its name, a corps of the British Army. ... The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers (RE), and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Intelligence Corps (also known as Int Corps) is one of the corps of the British Army. ... The Royal Army Chaplains Department (RAChD) is an all-officer corps that provides ordained clergy to minister to the British Army. ... The Royal Logistic Corps is the British Army corps that provides the logistic support for the Army. ... The Army Medical Services is an umbrella organisation responsible for administering the four separate units responsible for supplying medical and nursing services in the British Army. ... The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. ... Cap badge of the Royal Army Dental Corps The Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) is a specialist corps in the British Army that provides dental care services to British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. ... Cap badge of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps The Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) is an administrative and operational branch of the British Army responsible for the provision, training and care of animals. ... Cap Badge of the Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps The Queen Alexandras Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) is part of the Army Medical Services in the British Army. ... The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME; pronounced phonetically as Reemee) is a corps of the British Army that has responsibility for the maintenance, servicing and inspection of almost every electrical and mechanical piece of equipment within the British Army from Challenger II main battle tanks and AH64... The Adjutant Generals Corps is a corps in the British Army responsible for many of its general administrative services. ... The Army Legal Services Branch (ALS) is a branch of the Adjutant-Generals Corps (AGC) in the British Army. ... The Royal Military Police (RMP) is the branch of the British Army responsible for the policing of service personnel and providing a military police presence on service property, operations and exercises. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Adjutant Generals Corps. ... The Small Arms School Corps is a small corps of the British Army responsible for maintaining the proficiency of the army in the use of small arms and support weapons. ... Bold textLink title Headline text Insert non-formatted text here ... Cap Badge of the General Service Corps The General Service Corps (GSC) is a corps of the British Army. ... The Corps of Army Music is a corps of the British Army. ...

World War II

Operation Biting - France

A Würzburg radar on the coast of France was attacked by British Paratroopers in Operation Biting on February 27, 1942. The electronics of the system were brought back to Britain for examination so that counter measures could be devised. The Würzburg radar was the primary ground-based gun laying radar for both the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht during World War II. Initial development took place before the war, entering service in 1940. ... RAF photo-reconnaissance picture of the Bruneval Wuerzburg (the dish-shaped object in the left-foreground) The Bruneval Wuerzburg from another angle, showing the equipment in profile During World War II, Operation Biting was a Combined Operations raid to capture components of a German Wuerzburg radar set at Bruneval, France...


Operation Husky - Sicily

As part of the Operation Husky four airborne operations were carried out, landing during the night of the 9/10 July 1943; two were British and two American. The strong winds blew the dropping aircraft off course and scattered them widely. British glider-landed troops fared badly; only 12 out of 144 gliders landing on target, many landing in the sea. Nevertheless the scattered airborne troops maximised their opportunities, attacking patrols and creating confusion wherever possible. Husky was also the codename of Australian military support to Sierra Leone ending in February 2003. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Glider infantry (sometimes referred to as Airlanding infantry) were a short-lived innovation in military tactics, used during World War II. // Early History During their rearmament prior to the War, the Germans formed large numbers of gliding clubs and schools, to train future pilots for their Luftwaffe. ...


It was during operations in North Africa that the maroon beret was first seen by German troops. Within months they had christened them Rote Teufel - Red Devils. However, this nickname was not a reference to the colour of their headgear but in fact due to the red mud that the soldiers were covered in after heavy rain. The maroon beret has been the international symbol of airborne forces since its selection for use by the British Parachute Regiment in 1942. ...


Operation Slapstick - Southern Italy

During the Allied invasion of Italy the British 1st Airborne Division landed by sea near the port of Taranto in the 'heel' of Italy (Operation Slapstick). Their task was to capture the port and several nearby airfields and link with the British Eighth Army before pressing north to join the US Fifth Army near Foggia. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... (Redirected from 1st Airborne Division) The British 1st Airborne Division was a military unit that fought in World War II. It suffered terrible casualties, especially in Operation Market Garden. ... Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, southern Italy. ... Operation Slapstick was a part of the Allied invasion of Italy during World War II on 9 September 1943. ... The Eighth Army was one of the best-known formations in World War II, fighting in the campaigns in North Africa and Italy. ... The US Fifth Army was one of the principal formations of the US Army in the Mediterranean during World War II. It was activated on 4 January 1943 and made responsible for the defence of Algeria and Morocco. ... The Villa Comunale (Municipal Park) of Foggia. ...


Operation Overlord - Normandy

There were many separate airborne operations during Operation Overlord on D-Day (June 6 1944) but broadly the task of the airborne forces was to secure the flanks of the landing beaches in Normandy. The British secured the Eastern flank in Operation Tonga. There were other operations designed to take the specific hardened targets notably the guns of the Merville gun battery. Buried under 12ft-thick concrete, the four 105 mm guns, just miles from the beaches of Sword, Juno and Gold, had the capability to engage warships out at sea and sink landing craft heading for the beaches. The task of putting them out of action fell to the 9th Parachute Brigade which they succeeded in doing for 36 hours by killing all but a handful of the gunners. The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between the German forces occupying Western Europe and the invading Allies. ... Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Operation Tonga: Pathfinders synchronising their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Operation Dragoon - Southern France

On August 15, 1944, parachute units of the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade, which included the 4th, 5th and 6th Para battalions and lst Independent Pathfinder Platoon, dropped into Southern France between Frejus and Cannes as part of Operation Dragoon. Their objective was to capture the area, destroy all enemy positions and hold the ground until the US Seventh Army came ashore. Once they had captured their initial targets, they were reinforced by three thousand soldiers and critical equipment carried in over three hundred gliders in an operation code named Dove. The drop was almost unopposed and within days the British parachute group was withdrawn by sea to Italy in readiness for future operations. is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Roman ruins, aquaduct Fréjus is a French city, in the Var département. ... Cannes - receding storm Cannes, as seen from a ferry speeding towards lÃŽle Saint-Honorat Cannes (pronounced ) (Provençal Occitan: Canas in classical norm or Cano in Mistralian norm) is a city and commune in southern France, located on the Riviera, in the Alpes-Maritimes département and the r... Combatants United States1 United Kingdom2 Free France3 Germany Commanders Lt. ... The Seventh United States Army, also known as USAREUR, is the main American force in Europe. ... In World War II, Operation Dove (Allies, 1944) was the glider-borne assault conducted as part of the invasion of southern France (Operation Dragoon) on 15 August 1944. ...


Operation Market-Garden - the Netherlands

Major-General Roy Urquhart, commander of British Airborne forces, outside his headquarters during Operation Market Garden.

. Perhaps the most famous airborne operation of history is Operation Market Garden of September 1944, in which 35,000 troops of the First Allied Airborne Army were dropped 100 miles behind the German front lines in an attempt to create a path across the Netherlands including the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem. Three complete airborne divisions, the British 1st Airborne Division, and the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade from the Army were used. The units were dropped at various points along Highway 69 in order to create a "carpet" over which the British XXX Corps could rapidly advance. German opposition was some three times that expected, including two under-strength but very experienced panzer divisions. Although the operation had partial success in the end the British 1st Airborne division was all but destroyed and the bridge at Arnhem remained in German hands. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 632 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (688 × 653 pixel, file size: 111 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description: Major-General Roy Urquhart DSO and Bar (leader of the 1st British Airborne Division during the Arnhem Operation) plants the Airborne flag... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 632 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (688 × 653 pixel, file size: 111 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description: Major-General Roy Urquhart DSO and Bar (leader of the 1st British Airborne Division during the Arnhem Operation) plants the Airborne flag... Urquhart outside his headquarters during Operation Market Garden. ... Combatants United Kingdom United States Canada Poland Germany Commanders Bernard Montgomery Brian Horrocks Roy Urquhart James M. Gavin Maxwell Taylor Stanislaw Sosabowski Walter Model Wilhelm Bittrich Kurt Student Strength 35,000 20,000 Casualties 11,377 dead,wounded or missing 6,450 Captured 2,000 Killed 6,000 Wounded Operation... Combatants United Kingdom United States Canada Poland Germany Commanders Bernard Montgomery Brian Horrocks Roy Urquhart James M. Gavin Maxwell Taylor Stanislaw Sosabowski Walter Model Wilhelm Bittrich Kurt Student Strength 35,000 20,000 Casualties 11,377 dead,wounded or missing 6,450 Captured 2,000 Killed 6,000 Wounded Operation... Badge of the First Allied Airborne Army The First Allied Airborne Army was part of the Allied Expeditionary Force in North West Europe in 1944 and 1945. ... It has been suggested that River Rhine Pollution: November 1986 be merged into this article or section. ... Arnhem ( ) (South Guelderish: Èrnem) is a city and municipality in the east of the Netherlands, and capital of province Gelderland. ... The British 1st Airborne Division was a military unit that fought in World War II. It suffered terrible casualties, especially in Operation Market Garden. ... The 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army was constituted in the National Army as the 82nd Division on August 5, 1917, and was organized on August 25, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia. ... The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)—nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles”—is an airborne division of the United States Army primarily trained for air assault operations. ... Official force name 1 Samodzielna Brygada Spadochronowa Other names 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade 1 SBS Branch Polish Army Chain of Command Directly subordinate to Polish Government in Exile In 1944 transferred under British command Description Airborne force, rapidly deployable aeromobile infantry force. ... The XXX Corps was an infantry corps in the British Army. ... Panzer IV Ausf. ...


An interesting story arises from this episode - upon finally surrendering in the ruins of Arnhem, with no ammunition and virtually starved, a German officer reputedly said to a British officer.. 'I fought at Stalingrad on the eastern front but I have never seen troops as good as you at city fighting - where did you learn this?', to which the officer replied 'well it was our first time - but we'll try to do better next time!' [citation needed]


Operation Varsity - Rhineland (Germany)

Operation Varsity - The Rhine Crossing was the biggest and most successful airborne operation in history and it marked the beginning of the end for Germany. In total, six parachute battalions, including the Canadians, of the British 6th Airborne Division, supported by glider troops from the Air Landing Brigade, dropped on March 24, 1945, as a complete force, avoiding the mistakes of Arnhem. Combatants United States United Kingdom Canada Nazi Germany Casualties 1,111 Dead; 1,625 wounded or missing Operation Varsity was an airborne operation towards the end of World War II, intended to gain a foothold across the River Rhine in western Germany as a part of Operation Plunder. ... The 6th Airborne Division was an airborne unit of the British Army during World War II. // The division was formed in the United Kingdom on 3 May 1943, during the Second World War. ...


Together with the US 17th Airborne Division, the aim of the operation was to secure and deepen the bridgehead cast of the Rhine and then advance across country to the Baltic coast, a journey of 350 miles. Their initial objectives were the high ground overlooking the crossing, point at Diersfordter Wald and the road and rail bridges over the River Issel at Hamminkeln Shoulder sleeve patch of the 17th Airborne Division. ...


1946 – 1966

After the Second World War regular airborne forces were reduced to the 16th Independent Parachute Brigade Group while in the Territorial Army there was the 16th Airborne Division (TA), which was reduced to the 44th Independent Parachute Brigade Group (TA) in 1956. In 1954, at the request of the Director of Operations in Malaya, an Independent Parachute Squadron was raised from volunteers from the Parachute Regiment to assist 22 SAS by providing a fourth sabre squadron for operations in Malaya against the Communist terrorists. Some 80 officers and men were selected to form The Independent Parachute Squadron and served in Malaya on operations with 22 SAS until disbanded in May 1957 on return to the UK. The Territorial Army (TA) is the principal reserve force of the British Army, the land armed forces of the United Kingdom, and composed mostly of part-time soldiers paid at the same rate, while engaged on military activities, as their Regular equivalents. ... British Army The 44th Parachute Brigade (Volunteers) was formed on 1st April 1967 from 44th Independent Parachute Brigade Group (TA). ...


In the Suez Crisis, Operation Musketeer needed the element of total surprise to succeed, and all 660 men had to be on the ground at El Gamil airfield and ready for action within four and a half minutes. At 04.15 hours on November 5, 1956, 3 Para jumped in and although opposition was heavy, casualties were few. Combatants Israel United Kingdom France Egypt Commanders Moshe Dayan Charles Keightley Pierre Barjot Gamal Abdel Nasser Abdel Hakim Amer Strength 175,000 Israeli 45,000 British 34,000 French 70,000 Casualties 197 Israeli KIA 56 British KIA 91 British WIA 10 French KIA 43 French WIA 650 KIA 2... Military history records no less than three plans, all called Operation Musketeer: Musketeer was a four-phased plan during World War II to liberate the Philippine Islands developed by General Douglas MacArthur’s staff as part of the larger Reno V plan. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Operated in Borneo and Aden. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Kalimantan. ... Port of Aden (around 1910). ...


In 1964 2 Para had been sent to Singapore for jungle warfare training, after Indonesia threatened to invade the Malaysian state of Borneo. The remainder of the unit followed in March 1965, and moved direct to the Indonesian border. A month later one of the biggest battles of the war took place, when an Indonesian battalion attacked B Company of 2 Para. More than 50 Indonesians were killed, and the Paras lost two men with seven injured. This short, but intense Far East deployment, ended in July, the Battalion having been awarded eight decorations including two Military Medals


Major-General Glyn Gilbert was instrumental, throughout this period, in ensuring the Regiments survival, and in advancing the doctrine of airborne warfare. He also created the Red Devils parachute display team, and instituted the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course at Brecon Beacons, which was later extended to the entire British Army. Glyn Gilbert receives the Military Cross from Field Marshall Montogomery. ... The Parachute Regiments display team at an American airshow The Red Devils are the British Parachute Regiments display team. ...


1966 – 1996

Throughout "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, the regiment's battalions undertook many tours of duty. In 1972, while assisting the Royal Ulster Constabulary in preventing a civil rights march from taking place, twenty-eight civilians were shot of whom fourteen died.[3] in Derry, an event which became known as Bloody Sunday. Allegations of IRA gunfire towards the Paras are strongly disputed; none of the dead or injured were found to have firearms. It was claimed that the British army put nail bombs into the pockets of a boy after he died although a republican witness (Paddy Ward) later admitted having given him the bombs a few hours earlier.[4] During their tours of duty between 1971 and 1991, the Parachute Regiment lost forty men killed in the Troubles. The first of these, Sergeant Michael Willetts, was awarded the George Cross for saving a dozen lives at the cost of his own during a terrorist bombing. For other uses, see Troubles (disambiguation) and Trouble. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was name of the police force in Northern Ireland from 1922 to 2001. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... , Derry or Londonderry (Irish: or ), often called the Maiden City, is a city in Northern Ireland. ... // The Bogside area viewed from the city walls Bloody Sunday (Irish: Domhnach na Fola) is the term used to describe an incident in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972 in which 26 civil rights protesters were shot by members of the 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment led... For other uses, see Troubles (disambiguation) and Trouble. ... Sergeant Michael Willetts, GC (13 August 1943 - 25 May 1971) was one of the first British soldiers to be killed during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the recipient of a posthumous George Cross medal for his heroism in saving lives during the Provisional Irish Republican Army bombing which claimed... The George Cross (GC) is the highest civil decoration of the Commonwealth of Nations. ...


On August 27 1979 sixteen members of the Parachute Regiment and two members of the Queen's Own Highlanders were killed at Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland by two roadside bombs planted by the Provisional IRA.[5] is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Queens Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons), officially abbreviated QOH, was an infantry regiment in the Scottish Division of the British Army. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Ulster County: District: Newry and Mourne UK Parliament: South Down European Parliament: Northern Ireland Dialling Code: 028, +44 28 Post Town: Newry Postal District(s): BT34 Population (2001) 7,000 Warrenpoint (from the Irish: An Phointe meaning the point - alternatively Rinn Mhic Giolla Rua... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ... The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) is a paramilitary group which aimed, through the use of violence, to achieve three goals: (i) British withdrawal from Ireland, (ii) the political unification of Ireland through the merger of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland , and (iii) the creation of an all...


After the Falklands War began in April 1982, 2 and 3 PARA were used to bring 3 Commando Brigade up to war-strength. The regiment played a prominent part in the conflict, two of its soldiers being awarded the Victoria Cross. The two recipients were Lieutenant-Colonel H. Jones and Sergeant Ian McKay.[6] Combatants Argentina United Kingdom Commanders President Leopoldo Galtieri Vice-Admiral Juan Lombardo Brigadier-General Ernesto Crespo Brigade-General Mario Menéndez Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse Rear-Admiral John “Sandy” Woodward Major-General Jeremy Moore Casualties 649 killed 1,068 wounded 11,313 taken prisoner 75 fixed... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... 3 Commando Brigade is the main manoeuvre force of the British Royal Marines. ... The Victoria Cross (VC) is a military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. ... Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Jones VC OBE (May 14, 1940 – May 28, 1982), better known as H. Jones, was a posthumous British recipient of the Victoria Cross. ... This article or section should be merged with Ian John McKay Sgt Ian McKay (died 1982) was a British soldier, and was posthumously awarded the highest award for British Military personnel - The Victoria Cross. ...


During this time the Parachute Regiment was part of the 5th Airborne Brigade. The 5th Infantry Brigade was a regular British Army formation from the First World War to disbandment in 1999. ...


Due to defence cuts after the end of the Cold War (Options for Change), the 15th (Scottish Volunteer) Battalion was reduced to a company in 1993 becoming part of the 4th Battalion. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Options for Change was a restructuring of the British military in 1993, aimed at cutting defence spending following the end of the Cold War. ...


Served in the former Yugoslavia in 1993. Capital Belgrade Language(s) Serbian Government Republic President Svetozar Marović Historical era Post-Cold War  - UN membership¹ November 1, 2000  - Established February 4, 2003  - Disestablished June 5, 2006 Area  - 2006 102,350 km2 39,518 sq mi Population  - 2006 est. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


1996 – 2002

The 1st Battalion, augmented by C Company of 3 PARA, took part in the Kosovo War in 1999 (Operation Joint Guardian); tasks given to the Battalion group during the invasion included a heliborne assault to secure the Kacanik pass and its strategic bridges. This was the only road between the Macedonian border and Pristina and its use was key to the following armoured units. The term Kosovo War or Kosovo Conflict is often used to describe two sequential and at times parallel armed conflicts (a civil war followed by an international war) in the southern Serbian province called Kosovo (officially Kosovo and Metohia), part of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. ... This article is about the year. ...


In 1999 the 10th (Volunteer) Battalion was reduced to a Company leaving only a single Reserve battalion of the Parachute Regiment. This Battalion, 4 PARA had its Battalion HQ in Leeds with sub-units located throughout the UK: 10 (London) Company in White City and Croydon; 12 (Yorkshire) Company in Leeds and Hebburn and 15 (Scottish) Company in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


After the civil war in Sierra Leone deteriorated further, 1 PARA landed at the country's capital, Freetown, on 7 May 2000 to evacuate foreign nationals. The battalion was the lead element of a large naval task group, centred around HMS Ocean, that was heading for Sierra Leone as part of Operation Palliser. After the evacuation was completed, 1 PARA was tasked with retaining control of Freetown airport to ensure that UN supplies could be brought into the country, while also patrolling in the capital city. The rebel leader, Foday Sankoh, had been captured by government forces on 17 May. Operation Palliser ended on 15 June. Freetown, population 1,070,200 (2004), is the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Six ships that were built for the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Ocean. ... Operation Palliser was a British Armed forces operation in Sierra Leone in 2000 under the command of Brigadier David Richards. ... This article is about the United Nations, for other uses of UN see UN (disambiguation) Official languages English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic Secretary-General Kofi Annan (since 1997) Established October 24, 1945 Member states 191 Headquarters New York City, NY, USA Official site http://www. ... Foday Sankoh (October 17, 1937 - July 29, 2003) was a leader of the Sierra Leone rebel faction Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in the 10-year-long Sierra Leonean civil war, which ended in 2002. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


After 11 soldiers of the 1st Royal Irish Regiment (RIR) and a Sierra Leone soldier were taken hostage by a rebel faction known as the West Side Boys ( West Side Boys was the name favoured by western media, although in actuality, West Side Niggaz was the correct name) on 25 August, "A" Company of 1 PARA was deployed to Dakar, Senegal on 5 September, then onto Freetown. Five RIR soldiers had been released on 30 August but after the rebels carried out mock executions, "A Company and the Special Air Service, supported by two Army Air Corps helicopters, launched a rescue attempt (Operation Barras) on 10 September, successfully releasing the soldiers and capturing many rebels, including their leader, Foday Kallay. As well as recovering the two Land Rovers that the soldiers of the RIR were ambushed in while patrolling. The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment), commonly just called the Royal Irish Regiment (R IRISH), is an infantry unit of the British Army and is the only remaining Irish regiment of the line. ... The West Side Boys were an armed group in Sierra Leone, sometimes described as a splinter faction of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. ... The West Side Boys were an armed group in Sierra Leone, sometimes described as a splinter faction of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. ... The West Side Boys were an armed group in Sierra Leone, sometimes described as a splinter faction of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council. ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... (City of Dakar, divided into 19 communes darrondissement) City proper (commune) Région Dakar Département Dakar Mayor Pape Diop (PDS) (since 2002) Area 82. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) is the principal special forces unit of the British Army. ... The Army Air Corps is a component of the British Army. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


2 PARA took part in NATO's intervention in the Republic of Macedonia to disarm the rebel National Liberation Army in August 2001 (Operation Essential Harvest). NATO 2002 Summit in Prague. ... For an explanation of terms related to Macedonia, see Macedonia (terminology). ... National Liberation Army is the name of several groups: National Liberation Army of Albania Macedoinian National Liberation Army Algerian National Liberation Army National Liberation Army (Bolivia). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Operation Essential Harvest (or Task Force Harvest) was officially launched on August 22, 2001 and effectively started on August 27. ...


Iraq

The 1st and 3rd Battalions together with the Pathfinder Platoon took part in Operation Telic, Britain's contribution to the 2003 invasion of Iraq that began on 20 March. The two battalions were part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. In addition to this, 120 soldiers of the Territorial Army 4 PARA were used to augment the regulars. Operation (or Op) TELIC is the codename under which all British operations of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and after are being conducted. ... The subject of this article is the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ... is the 79th day of the year (80th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 16 Air Assault Brigade (16 AAB) is a unit of the British Army. ...


The regiment was actively involved in operations leading up to the capture of Iraq's second largest city, Basra. After 7 Armoured Brigade pushed into the city on 6 April, 3 PARA cleared the 'old quarter' that was inaccessible to vehicles. This article is about the city of Basra. ... The 7th Armoured Brigade is a unit of the British Army. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The war officially ended on 1 May. 1 and 3 PARA remained in Iraq, operating in the British area in the south of the country. The Parachute Regiment was based in Maysan Province, mostly quiet though they did have sporadic encounters with Iraqi guerrillas. A patrol of six Royal Military Policemen all from 156 Provost Company RMP attached to 1 PARA were surrounded and killed on 24 June, 2003 by Iraqi gunmen in Majar Al Kabir. A patrol from 1 PARA were also in Majar Al Kabir when it was ambushed by Iraqi guerrillas, coming under heavy attack. Several members of the subsequent QRF were wounded as their Chinook helicopter came under heavy ground fire as it attempted to land. is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: Stub | Provinces of Iraq ... The Royal Military Police (RMP) is the branch of the British Army responsible for the policing of service personnel and providing a military police presence on service property, operations and exercises. ... Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Defensive or offensive operations used in emergencies when more than military police are needed. ... The Royal Air Force is the second largest operator of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook of the 16 nations which use the type. ...


Sergeant Gordon Robertson was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross -- the second highest award for bravery in the face of the enemy after the Victoria Cross -- as part of the awards list in October. This was the first CGC to be awarded to the Parachute Regiment. The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) is a second level military decoration of the United Kingdom armed forces. ... The Victoria Cross (VC) is a military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. ...


1 and 3 PARA left Iraq along with the rest of 16 Air Assault Brigade in September.


Roulement tours to Iraq continued for all Battalions of the Regiment as part of Operation Telic; 2 PARA deployed in November 2003 on a 6-month tour-of-duty as part of 20 Armoured Brigade, and once again in November 2005 as part of 7 Armoured Brigade. Meanwhile 3 PARA sent two Companies to support 12 Mechanised Brigade on Operation Telic 6 in 2004. As well as individual reinforcements to all battalions Casino Company of 4 PARA deployed to Iraq in October 2005 for 6 months as part of the Divisional Rear Operations Battle Group (1 Royal Irish, later replaced by 1 Royal Scots in January 06). The following Parachute Regiment soldiers have been killed whilst serving in Iraq: Private Andrew Kelly (3 PARA); Captain Richard Holmes and Private Lee Ellis (2 PARA) The 20th Armoured Brigade was a British Army brigade during the Second World War. ...


Afghanistan

In January 2006 16 Air Assault Brigade were tasked to provide a single Airborne Infantry Battle Group (3 PARA) for operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick. The Force deployed to Helmand Province in the south of the country in June 2006. Almost immediately 3 PARA BG were involved in Operation Mountain Thrust, a U.S.-led campaign to flush Taliban guerrillas out of the hills, billed as the biggest Western offensive in Afghanistan since 2002. The 16 Air Assault Brigade (16 AAB) is a unit of the British Army. ... Royal Marines landing near the town of Nawzad during Operation Silica, October 2006. ...


The following Parachute Regiment soldiers have been killed whilst serving in Afghanistan with 3 PARA Battlegroup: Private Damien Jackson; Corporal Bryan Budd and Corporal Mark Wright. The following Parachute Regiment soldiers have been killed whilst serving with other formations in Afghanistan: Captain David Patten and Corporal Oliver Dicketts. On 14 December 2006, Corporal Budd was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. The Victoria Cross Bryan James Budd VC, (16 July 1977 - 20 August 2006) was a Corporal in the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) of the British Army. ... Corporal Mark Wright (22 April 1979 - 6 September 2006) was a soldier in the British Army. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Victoria Cross (VC) is a military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. ...


Battle honours

Combatants United States United Kingdom Canada Free France Poland Germany Commanders Dwight Eisenhower (Supreme Allied Commander) Bernard Montgomery (land) Bertram Ramsay (sea) Trafford Leigh-Mallory (air) Omar Bradley (U.S. 1st Army) Miles Dempsey (UK 2nd Army) Harry Crerar (Canadian 1st Army) Gerd von Rundstedt (OB WEST) Erwin Rommel (Heeresgruppe... Operation Market Garden was an Allied military operation in World War II, which took place in September 1944. ... Combatants United States United Kingdom Canada Nazi Germany Casualties 1,111 Dead; 1,625 wounded or missing Operation Varsity was an airborne operation towards the end of World War II, intended to gain a foothold across the River Rhine in western Germany as a part of Operation Plunder. ... During World War II, the North African Campaign, also known as the Desert War, took place in the North African desert from September 13, 1940 to May 13, 1943. ... Husky was also the codename of Australian military support to Sierra Leone ending in February 2003. ... Combatants United Kingdom Argentina Commanders Lt. ... Combatants United Kingdom Argentina Commanders Lt. ... Combatants United Kingdom Argentina Commanders Lt. ...

The Massed Bands of the Parachute Regiment

In 1985 the three bands of the Parachute Regiment were reduced to two;

  • The Falklands Band of the Parachute Regiment
  • The Pegasus Band of the Parachute Regiment

In 1990 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of British Airborne Forces both bands produced an album called 'The Paras - The Massed Bands of the Parachute Regiment (Bandleader - BNA5039) It featured music associated with the Parachute Regiment and favourite songs of paratroopers through the years.

  • The Falklands Band of the Parachute Regiment (Bandmaster: WOI. Colin Hogg ARCM)
  • The Pegasus Band of the Parachute Regiment (Bandmaster: WOI. James Taylor ARCM, ALCM, BBCM)

The Paras

  • The Best Guy in the world (and my Dad): (Pete Marlow)
  • Fanfare: Green Light (James Taylor)
  • Airborne Warrior (Robert Ely)
  • The Red Beret (Frank Renton, Robert Ely)
  • Arnhem (AE Kelly)
  • The Paras (C Bernard)
  • Bruneval Raid (Robert Ely)
  • The Longest day (Paul Anka)
  • Sailing (Rod Stewart)
  • Mount Longdon (Len Tyler)
  • Marche Des Parachutists Belges (P Leemans) (Regimental march of the SAS)
  • Screaming Eagles (Samuel Loboda)
  • The Red Devils (Robert Ely)
  • Also Ran - melody
    • Goodbye. From the 'White Horse Inn' (Stolz, Reisch, Graham)
    • Lilli Marlene (Leip, Schultz, Connor)
    • The Girl I Left Behind Me (Trad. arr James Taylor)
  • Pomp & Circumsatnce March No 4 (Elgar. arr Hicks) (Regimental slow march of the Parachute Regiment)
  • The Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner. arr Rippon, Keeling) (Regimental Quick march of the Parachute Regiment)
  • Fanfare: Delta Wing (Colin Hogg)
  • Three Para Songs - melody
    • I Ain't Going to Jump No More (Trad. arr James Taylor)
    • Oh Come Sit By My Side, If you Love Me (Trad. arr James Taylor)
    • The Merry Month Of May (Trad. arr James Taylor)
  • Songs Of World War II - melody
    • Wish Me Luck As You Wave Goodbye (Park, Parr)
    • Bless Em All (Hughes, Lake)
    • The White Cliffs of Dover (Burton, Kent)
    • In The Quartermaster's Stores (Trad. arr Robert Ely)
    • Beer Barrel Polka (Timm, Vejvoda, Brown)
    • Lilli Marlene (Leip, Schultz, Connor)
  • Elvis Presley, His Greatest Hits
    • Love Me Tender (Presley' Matson)
    • Hound Dog (Lieber, Stoller)
    • You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Pallavacini, Donaggio, Napier Bell)
    • Don't Be Cruel ((Blackwell, Presley)
    • Can't Help Falling In Love With You ((Weiis, Creatore, Perotti)
  • Out Of The Sky (Patrick Moore)
  • Echoes of an Era - melody
    • With A Little Help From My Friends
    • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band
    • Penny Lane
    • The Fool On the Hill
    • Day Tripper
    • When I'm Sixty Four
    • Michelle
    • Eleanor Rigby
    • Yellow Submarine
    • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    • Hey Jude (Lennon, McCartney)
  • Space Medley
    • Star Trek (A Courage)
    • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (John Williams)
    • Star Wars (John Williams)

Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish singer and songwriter born and raised in London. ... Edward Elgar Sir Edward William Elgar, Bt OM GCVO (June 2, 1857 – February 23, 1934) was a British composer, born in the small Worcestershire village of Broadheath to William Elgar, a piano tuner and music dealer, and his wife Ann. ... Wagner may refer to more than one place in the United States: Wagner, South Dakota Wagner, Wisconsin Wagner may refer to more than one person: Richard Wagner, German composer Cosima Wagner, daughter of Franz Liszt and wife of Richard Wagner Heinrich Leopold Wagner, dramatist and author John Peter Honus Wagner... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Sir Patrick Moore presenting The Sky at Night, October 2005 Sir Alfred Patrick Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March 1923), known as Patrick Moore, is an English amateur astronomer who has attained legendary status in British astronomy as a writer and television presenter of the subject and who... Music sample Hey Jude ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ...

Famous members of the Parachute Regiment

John Hollington Grayburn was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... The Victoria Cross (VC) is a military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. ... Lionel Ernest Queripel (Winterbourne Monkton, Dorset July 13, 1920 - Arnhem, the Netherlands September 19, 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Sergeant Michael Willetts, GC (13 August 1943 - 25 May 1971) was one of the first British soldiers to be killed during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the recipient of a posthumous George Cross medal for his heroism in saving lives during the Provisional Irish Republican Army bombing which claimed... The George Cross (GC) is the highest civil decoration of the Commonwealth of Nations. ... Ian John McKay (7 May 1953 – 12 June 1982) was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Jones VC OBE (May 14, 1940 – May 28, 1982), better known as H. Jones, was a posthumous British recipient of the Victoria Cross. ... The Victoria Cross Bryan James Budd VC, (16 July 1977 - 20 August 2006) was a Corporal in the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) of the British Army. ... Corporal Mark Wright (22 April 1979 - 6 September 2006) was a soldier in the British Army. ... Richard Todd (born June 11, 1919) is a British actor. ... Frank Carson (born November 6, 1926) is an Irish comedian and actor. ... Mark Burnett (born 17 July 1960), a British-born, naturalized citizen of the United States, is a US TV producer known for pioneering reality television as a genre. ... Lewis Collins (born 27 May 1946 in Bidston, Birkenhead, Merseyside) is a British actor. ... The following people are known as Tim Healy: Timothy Michael Healy -- an Irish politician. ... William Billy Connolly, CBE, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. ... Karl Bushby (born 1969, Hull) is a British ex-paratrooper and adventurer, currently attempting to be the first person to complete walk an unbroken path around the world. ... Sir James Wilton Spicer (born 4 October 1925) is a British Conservative politician. ... Bernard Cribbins as Captain Michael in Space: 1999, episode: Brian the Brain (1976). ...

Films featuring the Parachute Regiment

RAF photo-reconnaissance picture of the Bruneval Wuerzburg (the dish-shaped object in the left-foreground) The Bruneval Wuerzburg from another angle, showing the equipment in profile During World War II, Operation Biting was a Combined Operations raid to capture components of a German Wuerzburg radar set at Bruneval, France... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Longest Day is a 3-hour-long 1962 war film with a very large cast, based on the 1959 book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, during World War II. // The movie was adapted by Romain Gary, James... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 film based on the 1974 book of the same name. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Wild Geese is a 1978 film about a group of mercenaries in Africa. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... For Queen and Country is a 1989 crime drama film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United International Pictures and produced by Atlantic Entertainment Group, Working Title Films and Zenith, starring Denzel Washington. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Some Mothers Son is a 1996 film written and directed by Northern Irish filmmaker Terry George, and based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in Maze Prison , a British prison. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Devils Own is also a nickname for the Connaught Rangers and of the Inns of Court Regiment The Devils Own is a 1997 movie starring Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Rubén Blades, Natascha McElhone, and Treat Williams. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Bloody Sunday is a 2002 television film about the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Dead Mans Shoes is a 2004 film directed and co-written by Shane Meadows. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Outlaw is a 2007 film by director Nick Love and Vertigo Films, and starring Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Bob Hoskins, Lennie James, Rupert Friend and Sean Harris. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

TV shows featuring the Parachute Regiment

Roy Marsden as Neil Burnside in The Sandbaggers The Sandbaggers is a British television drama series about men and women on the front lines of the Cold War. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Channel 4 is a public-service British television station, broadcast to all areas of the United Kingdom (and also the Republic of Ireland), which began transmissions in 1982. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Band of Brothers is an acclaimed 10-part television miniseries set during World War II, co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. ... Crossroads is the 5th episode of Band of Brothers. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Ultimate Force was a British television drama series shown on ITV, which deals with the activities of the fictional Red Troop of the Special Air Service. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Doctor Who is a long-running award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as the Doctor who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior... Aliens of London is an episode in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who that was first broadcast on April 16, 2005. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Order of Precedence

Preceded by:
Royal Irish Regiment
(27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th
and The Ulster Defence Regiment)
Infantry Order of Precedence Succeeded by:
Royal Gurkha Rifles

The Royal Irish Regiment (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th and Ulster Defence Regiment), commonly just called the Royal Irish Regiment (R IRISH), is an infantry unit of the British Army and is the only remaining Irish regiment of the line. ... For the purposes of parading, the regular army of the British Army is listed according to an order of precedence. ... The Royal Gurkha Rifles is a regiment of the British Army, forming part of the Brigade of Gurkhas. ...

Alliances

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The 8th/9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR) was an Australian Army infantry battalion. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 1st Commando Regiment is a mixed regular and reservist commando regiment of the Australian Army. ...

See also

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) is an umbrella directorate overseeing the Special Forces units of the British Armed Forces. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... This is a list of some of the equipment currently in use by the British Army. ... A List of battalions of The Parachute Regiment from formation in 1940 to the present day. ... Beret badge of The Parachute Regiment The Dakota outside the Airborne Forces Museum The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum is based in the Aldershot Military Town area near Aldershot in Hampshire. ...

External links

References

  1. ^ http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/SpecialForcesSupportGroupFormsInWales.htm]
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ CAIN website
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ BBC On This Day
  6. ^ Palace Barracks Memorial Garden website

 
 

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