11 SAS Battalion

11 SAS Battalion

11 SAS Battalion was formed from No 2 Commando on 21 November 1940, retaining the No 2 Commando CO Lt Col CIA Jackson. In 1941 he was succeeded by Lt Col EE Down.

The battalion retained its Commando structure, of 22 eight-men teams trained to infantry section standard. This was increased to 10 because the numbers conformed to a Whitley aircraft ‘stick’ of parachutists.

‘X’Troop from 11th SAS , consisting of seven officers and 28 men conducted the Tragino Aquaduct Raid in Italy on 10/11 February 1941. This was the first British parachute operation of the war.

By August 1941 the unit reorganised into a conventional headquarters and four infantry companies battalion pattern.

On 15 September 1941 the unit name changed to the 1st Parachute Battalion.

Commanding Officers:

 

1940-41 Lt Col CIA Jackson
1941 Lt Col EE Down

 

 

 
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Post-combat reports_3

Official accounts_2

Pre-combat reports_3

  • List of clothing and equipment used by X Troop during the Tragino raid.

    List of clothing and equipment used by X Troop during the Tragino raid.

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  • Programme of work at Ringway during lead up to Tragino raid.

    Programme of work at Ringway during lead up to Tragino raid.

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Personal accounts_1

  • Account of escape from PoW camp by Anthony Deane-Drummond after Tragino raid.

    Account of escape from PoW camp by Anthony Deane-Drummond after Tragino raid.

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Letters and Cards_1

  • Letter of appreciation to those who took part in the Tragino raid.

    Letter of appreciation to those who took part in the Tragino raid.

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Equipment lists_3

Documents_1

Solo photos_2

Group photos_6

Medal Citations_1

Pegasus extracts_1

Insignia_1

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