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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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Rwanda (Operation Gabriel)

Rwanda (Operation Gabriel)

In the immediate aftermath of Rwanda’s hard fought civil war and the genocide which accompanied

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Far East

Far East

Shortly after VE Day 5th Parachute Brigade (including 7th, 12th, 13th Battalions and 22 Indep

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Rhine Crossing (Operation Varsity)

Rhine Crossing (Operation Varsity)

At 1000 hours on 24th March 1945 nine battalions of the 6th British Airborne Division

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Paradata Survey

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