87 Airborne Field Regiment RA in Palestine 1947 to 1948 Part I
By Brigadier Arthur Sisson CBE
Explore the index to reveal the campaigns, battles, equipment and organisation key to the Airborne Forces' story.
By Brigadier Arthur Sisson CBE
Part 1 of Brigadier Sisson’s story ended with the “trial” and execution of two British sergeants by the IZL close to 87 Regiment’s lines - a grim milestone in this campaign described by Winston
The 3rd The Kings Own Hussars moved down from Adlum in Syria to Sarafand (the Aldershot of Palestine) in the autumn of 1945 joining the 6th Airborne Division, as the only remaining Airborne Cavalry Re
Following removal from the command of 61 Infantry Brigade in October 1943, 63 Divisional Airborne Composite Company RASC was moved to Figsbury Barracks Winte
Exercise Longstop in 1947 was the first major airborne exercise conducted in Britain after World War II and involved members of the 2nd Parachute Brigade Group who had returned from Palestine earli
The town of Haifa, in Northern Israel, is the third largest town in the country. Khayat Beach War Cemetery lies 5 kilometres south west of Haifa.
The city of Ramla, in central Israel, lies on a strategic supply route to Jerusalem. Ramleh War Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth forces cemetery in Israel.
Vincent Leonard – late Acting (unpaid) Sergeant 2 Para.
Cordon and Search operations in Palestine were often conducted at battalion and even brigade level.
Major Roy Farran, who died on Friday night aged 85, was one of the most highly decorated soldiers of the Second World War; he was awarded the DSO, three MCs, the Croix de Guerre and the American Le
From their inception in 1940, the Airborne Forces have been deployed in virtually every conflict participated in by the British Army.
The T17E1 was a large 4 wheel armoured car produced by Chevrolet, in the United States, during the Second World War.
This account, produced by kind permission of Maj Gen Dare Wilson, is an extract from his book 'Cordon and Search' the definitive account of 6th Airborne Division's activities in Palestine.
From The Daily Telegraph 12 June 2012 . NOEL ROSS who died aged 91, won an exceptional Miliatry Medal with 156 Parachute Battalion at Arnhem.
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
As Airborne Forces during the War of 1939-1945 grew from raiding parties to battalions, to brigades, and to divisions, the problem of adequate artillery support became acute.
I have known Charles for over 50 years and many memories come back to me.
The 4x4 General Purpose vehicle, (nicknamed “Jeep” either due to the “GP” initials or after a character “Eugene the Jeep" in the Popeye cartoons), became a familiar sight amongst all allie
Although 44 Indian Airborne Division was formally established in April 1944, bringing the division up to establishment proved difficult, not least with recruiting divisional troops to support the i
Brigadier Gordon Reinhold, who has died aged 94, was that very rare combination, a first-rate staff officer and an outstanding front line commander.
'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'
Tony was born in Wrexham in October 1924, the son of an Army soldier. His father, a World War I veteran who had fought at the Somme, ended up as a Sgt Major PTI.
The following is a brief list of the burial cemeteries for many casualties from the Airborne Forces during the Second World War, and some from more recent times.
The 3rd Parachute Brigade, in which Richard Fry commanded a platoon in the 8th Parachute Battalion, endured a dispersed landing in Normandy in the early hours of D-Day.
REPATRIATION REPORT Thursday 17th February, 2011 From operations in Afghanistan, the repatriation of:
Peter Cleasby-Thompson was born on 20 July 1913 and attended the Royal Military College as a gentleman cadet.
In April 1940, aged 20, I received notification from the War Office that I was to report to Bedford Army Barracks to start Army service.
John Stevenson was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1918.
Bill Kershaw born in 1923 lied about his age on joining the Royal East Kent Regiment in 1939. He decided to join the Paras, which had just started recruiting in 1940.
James Marshall Ballantyne was born on the Rochsoles Estate in Glenmavis near Airdrie, Scotland, and moved to Clydebank in 1934 when his father was appointed as Head Gardener at the Singer factory.<
Frank Carson, who has died aged 85, was Northern Ireland’s best known comedy export during the long, grim years of The Troubles, a standard-bearer for the province’s deep wellspring of native humou
John Dutton Frost was born on 31 December 1912 in Poona, India.
Brigadier Bob Flood, who has died aged 84, won an MC in the field while serving with the 8th Battalion Parachute Regiment in Germany in 1945.
In common with other parts of the Armed Services, animals were used by Airborne Forces during the Second World War. These included 'Para Dogs' trained to parachute alongside the troops.
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
Brigadier Paul Crook, who has died aged 89, won a DSO for his leadership of 3 Para Group in the assault on El Gamil airfield during the Suez Crisis.
Francis was born and brought up in Dartmouth in Devon. His grandfather and great-grandfathers had all been seafarers, his father a signaller in the Royal Navy.
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