Para!: Fifty Years of the Parachute Regiment

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This is an illustrated history of one of our most celebrated elite forces, commemorating their first 50 years of operations. From their early World War II exploits, when airborne forces were a novel, untried strategy, through the activities of the Parachute Regiment in the bushfire wars of the end of Empire, to their outstanding work in Northern Ireland and the Falklands and their deployment in the Gulf War, the story of the Paras is told in readable detail, including many first-hand accounts. The illustrative content includes colour art by top military artists and recent shots of the Paras at work.

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Peter Harclerode was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1967, serving in the UK, Middle East and Far East. He has also served in the SAS and the Parachute Regiment.

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This authorized history, written by a former officer in the Parachute Regiment, covers the formation, training and deployment of the British airborne arm from its inception in 1942 to the present. Initially comprised of volunteers from all British Army units, the Parachute Regiment saw its first action in 1942 during a raid against a German radar station in occupied France. During the remaining years of WW II, it saw service in North Africa and Italy, was given the task of holding the left flank of the Normandy beachhead in June '44 and firmly established itself as an elite force during Operation Market Garden in Holland that same year. Harclerode chronicles the Regiment's post-WW II assignments in trouble spots such as Suez, Palestine, Cyprus, Malaya, Northern Ireland, Aden and the Falklands campaign of 1982. Legendary patrols and individual Victoria Cross-winning exploits are detailed in a fact-heavy, pedestrian narrative. The emphasis throughout is on the Parachute Regiment's versatility (the unit motto, Utrinque Paratus , means "Ready for Anything"). Illustrated.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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