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1940 - 1941

On 22 June 1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote a minute to the British Chiefs of Staff directing the setting up of a Corps of Parachute soldiers. Number 2 Commando began parachute training at Ringway near Manchester the following month.

Formation and Early Airborne Forces

Formation and Early Airborne Forces

On 22 June 1940 Prime Minister Winston Churchill wrote to the British Chief of Staff directing the setting up of a Corps of at least 5,000 parachute troops.

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Later years

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Sierra Leone (Operations Palliser and Barras)

Sierra Leone (Operations Palliser and Barras)

On 7 May 2000 1 PARA group less A company but reinforced by D Company

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Sicily (Operation Husky)

Sicily (Operation Husky)

The newly formed 1st British airborne Division spearheaded Operation HUSKY the Allied amphibious assault on

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Norway (Operation Doomsday)

Norway (Operation Doomsday)

1st British Airborne Division reorganised after its heavy losses at Arnhem flew into Norway on

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Paradata Survey

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