13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion

13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion

The 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion was formed from the 2nd/4th Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment in May 1943 and belonged to the 5th Parachute Brigade of the 6th Airborne Division.

It jumped into Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944 remaining in the line until the final break-out to the Seine in August.

During the heavy winter fighting in 1944-5 in the Ardennes 'Battle of the Bulge' the 13th Battalion was tasked to capture the village of Bure, which it accomplished after a costly three-day battle. It participated in the Rhine Crossing Operation VARSITY air assault and advanced across Germany with the 5th Parachute Brigade to the Baltic.

After the war in Europe the Battalion moved with the 5th Brigade to the Far East, returning to rejoin the 6th Airborne Division in Palestine in 1946, where it was disbanded and absorbed into the 3rd Parachute Battalion.

In 1947 the Battalion reformed as the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion (TA).

Commanding Officers:


1943            Lt Col Russell
1943-6        Lt Col PJ Luard, DSO, OBE
1946            Lt Col R Leyland

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  • General Bernard Montgomery and others in a quarry at Ercarde in Normandy,  16 July 1944.

    General Bernard Montgomery and others in a quarry at Ercarde in Normandy, 16 July 1944.

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  • Members of 13th Battalion (Lancashire) The Parachute Regiment, September 1944.

    Members of 13th Battalion (Lancashire) The Parachute Regiment, September 1944.

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  • Group Photograph of 4 Platoon, B Company 13th Parachute Battalion, Salisbury, 1945.

    Group Photograph of 4 Platoon, B Company 13th Parachute Battalion, Salisbury, 1945.

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  • Men of 13th Battalion relax in the Far East, 1945-6

    Men of 13th Battalion relax in the Far East, 1945-6

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  • Non Commissioned Officers with Field Marshal Montgomery in Belgium, c1945.

    Non Commissioned Officers with Field Marshal Montgomery in Belgium, c1945.

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  • Warrant Officers & Sergeants Mess. 13th (Lancs) Parachute Battalion. Larkhill, Wilts. February 1945.

    Warrant Officers & Sergeants Mess. 13th (Lancs) Parachute Battalion. Larkhill, Wilts. February 1945.

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  • Group photograph of officers decorated by Field Marshal Montgomery, Lüneburg Heath Germany, 1945.

    Group photograph of officers decorated by Field Marshal Montgomery, Lüneburg Heath Germany, 1945.

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  • Scout Platoon of 13th (Lancs) Parachute Battalion with Para Dogs, Wismar, Baltic, May 1945.

    Scout Platoon of 13th (Lancs) Parachute Battalion with Para Dogs, Wismar, Baltic, May 1945.

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  • Citation for the award of the MC to Major RM Tarrant, Normandy, 1944.

    Citation for the award of the MC to Major RM Tarrant, Normandy, 1944.

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  • Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Lt W F Hogdson, 1944.

    Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Lt W F Hogdson, 1944.

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  • Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Capt The Rev Whitfield Foy, 1945.

    Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Capt The Rev Whitfield Foy, 1945.

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  • Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Major 'Jack' Watson, 1945.

    Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Major 'Jack' Watson, 1945.

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  • Recommendation for the award of the MC to Lt Clements, 1945

    Recommendation for the award of the MC to Lt Clements, 1945

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