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The early operations are parachute raids of up to company strength mounted against the Tragino Aqueduct in Southern Italy in February 1941 and Bruneval on the Channel coast in France in early 1942. Major-General Browning started the formation of Airborne Forces in support of Churchill’s directive, establishing the 1st Airborne Division at the end of 1941. The Parachute Regiment was formed on 1st August 1942.
Early in 1942 it was felt that information was urgently needed about the latest developments in German radar technology. It was decided that the only practical solution was to seize and examine an enemy radar installation. A raid by the newly formed parachute forces could achieve this.about Bruneval (Operation Biting)
A small raiding party of seven officers and 28 men from the newly formed Special Air Service Battalion under command of Major TAG Pritchard were dropped on the Tragino Aqueduct, under cover of a diversionary bombing raid on Foggia, during the night of 10 Feb 1941.about Tragino (Operation Colossus)
Two American and the one British Airborne divisions spearheaded the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.about Normandy (Operation Overlord)
Early in 1942 it was felt that information was urgently needed about the latest developmentsabout Bruneval (Operation Biting)