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Old 03-03-2015, 09:33 AM   #48
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Originally Posted by lightgiver View Post
The Parachute Regiment is the Airborne Infantry element of the British Army. It perceives itself as an elite unit by virtue of its selection process, rigorous training programme and by the requirement of its role to operate with minimal or no support behind enemy lines and against numerically superior forces. It forms the parachute infantry element of 16 Air Assault Brigade.

The regiment is formed of three regular and one reserve [TA] battalions. One battalion, the 1st Battalion, is permanently attached to Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group

1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (1 PARA)
2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA)

3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA)
4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA)

The 3rd Battalion includes the Guards Parachute Platoon, made up of men from the five Foot Guards regiments.

The Parachute Regiment has its origins in the force set up by the British Army at the request of Winston Churchill. The UK 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.

The UK's first airborne assault took place on 10 February 1941, when, what was then known as II Special Air Service (some 40 men of 500 trained in parachuting), introduced themselves to the enemy by jumping into Italy and blowing up an aqueduct in a daring raid named Operation Colossus.
After the German's successful invasion of Crete, it was agreed by the British Chiefs of Staff that the UK 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.

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in World War Two

Para Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey’s astonishing bravery under enemy fire has earned him a Victoria Cross but the modest hero says he was only scared of letting down his regiment.

His honour, which has been announced by the Army today, completes an
extraordinary family double because one of his relatives got a VC for gallantry during the Second World War.

L Cpl Leakey, 27, has won the armed forces’ highest award for bravery thanks to his exploits in an assault on a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan in 2013.

Chiefs said he showed “complete disregard” for his safety as British forces were attacked by 20 insurgents armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

A true hero - not a keyboard warrior...
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