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Old 06-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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Arrow Maroon Machine

The maroon beret is a military beret and has been an international symbol of elite airborne forces since it was chosen for British airborne forces in World War II. This distinctive head dress was officially introduced in 1942, at the direction of General Frederick Browning, commander of the British 1st Airborne Division.The colour of the beret was reportedly chosen by his wife, the novelist Daphne du Maurier. It was first worn by the men of the Parachute Regiment in action in North Africa during November 1942. Although maroon, the beret of the British Parachute Regiment is often known as the "red beret."



In the British Army, most regiments wear headdress or cap badges which reflect regimental traditions.



Members of the Parachute Regiment and other arms in 16th Air Assault Brigade are permitted to wear the maroon beret.



The beret is often called the "red beret" and the Parachute Regiment is known as the "red berets" or (within the Army) the "maroon machine" or "Cherry Berry".



9 Parachute Squadron RE (also known as '9 Para'), is an airborne detachment of the Royal Engineers, part of the British Army. Like other units comprising the Royal Engineers, soldiers in the squadron are called sappers.

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A soldier of the Italian Folgore Brigade.
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The Folgore Parachute Brigade is the largest unit of paratroopers (paracadutisti) of the Italian Army; a second smaller unit is the 4th Alpini Regiment Monte Cervino . The name Folgore is Italian for lightning.

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