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Foreword for Pegasus Magazine by General Sir John Reith KCB CBE, former Colonel Commandant The Parachute Regiment.
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On the 4th of November 1956 I was with 16th Independent Para Brigade HQ assembled in Cyprus 1956 and billeted just outside Nicosia on the Kyrenia road.
In the immediate aftermath of Rwanda’s hard fought civil war (1) and the terrifying genocide which accompanied it, some 650 UK personnel from 5 Airborne Brigade joined the UN Assistance Mission to
Anthony Hunter-Choat was born on January 12 1936 in Purley, south London, the son of Frederick, who worked in insurance, and Iris, a schoolteacher.
Steve was a quiet, rather mysterious child who did not show his feelings. He enjoyed play, but even this was serious.
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I have had a longer conversation with Vic Cowie and he throws up some interesting observations on this debacle.
On D Day in Normandy I took part in the first full scale British Airborne Divisional Operation. Our D.Z. (Drop Zone) was near the village of Ranville.
On our return to the UK from Italy at the end of 1943, we trained hard for the coming invasion of Europe and it was, therefore, a blow to all of us in 1st Airborne Division that we did not take par
As the son of an Army officer and the 5th generation of his family to be officers in the British Army it was natural that John Waddy was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, then a school pri
Candahar Barracks was where the Para Squadron RAC were based during the three years I spent with them.
A legendary figure within The Parachute Regiment, Alistair Pearson is regarded by many as one of its finest battalion commanders.
It was Sunday and we were fighting in our last house in Oosterbeek village when we were told that we were to retreat. The house belonged to a Dutch dentist.
We were led to a barn in the middle of the field and some sort of documenting was done and we were counted.
There had been a cheese issue, 2oz per man, so George & I decided to use some breadcrumbs we had saved to make a concoction of hot cheese and breadcrumbs.
Dicky Spender was a talented, larger than life figure who was killed aged 21 while charging German positions in Tunisia during Operation Torch in 1943.
Dicky Spender was already a published poet held in high regard when, as a platoon commander in C Company of 2 Para Bn, he was killed assaulting German positions in Tunisia at the age of 21.
On January 3rd, 1945, Major Watson was commanding ‘A’ Company of a Parachute Battalion, which was leading the assault into Bure. When the Company was formed up on the start line, very heavy and ac
In early March 1944 six glider crews were collected at Netheravon from various flights of the regiment.
General Sir John Hackett (who died on September 9 1997, aged 86) was a brilliant soldier and an outstanding scholar; he was wounded three times in the Second World War, and awarded an MC and two DS
'Shan' Hackett had been educated at Geelong Grammar School in Australia, and at New College, Oxford, intending at first to follow an academic career, but instead he decided to join his grandfather'
At Knossington Hall in Rutland on 14th September 1944 Brigadier 'Shan' Hackett gave out his orders to his 4th Parachute Brigade 'Orders Group' for Operation MARKET, and having finished, he asked th
Bruneval, the site of a German radar unit 12 miles north of Le Havre in France, was the location of the second airborne raid by British Forces during World War II on 28 February 1942.
Shortly after his return from the Bruneval Raid, John was transferred to A Company in 2nd Parachute Battalion.
During February and March the 2nd Battalion was involved in intense fighting with German, Italian and Austrian forces in North East Tunisia.
“After a fortnight we were taken for interrogation by a Luftwaffe pilot with a couple of Iron Crosses.
On September 19th, 1944, Flt. Lieut. Lord was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to drop supplies to our troops, who were closely surrounded at Arnhem.
Awarded D.S.C., presented by Gen Eisenhower Citation:
Major Richard Ashford was recommended for an award for action in the North African campaign. The following is an extract from National Archives (ref WO 373/1):
Lieutenant Edward 'Ted' Pool was recommended for an award for action in the Normandy campaign. The following is an extract from Public Records Office (ref WO 373/48):
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