Personal account of Lt Col (later Brigadier) James Hill's experiences in North Africa
As an officer and a gentleman you have one perk in the army and that's having a good batman.
The Battalion formed on 15th September 1941 from the 11th Special Air Service Battalion that had evolved from No 2 Commando. They were based at Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield having carried out parachute training at No 1 Parachute Training School at Ringway near Manchester. Jumps were made at Tatton Park from Whitley aircraft, for which soldiers were paid two shillings per day.
In November 1942 they sailed to North Africa as part of the newly formed 1st Parachute Brigade under Brigadier Richard Gale; commanded by Lt Col S J L Hill. Their first mission was to capture and hold Beja, an important road junction on the Souk el Khemis Plain. The jump made from American Dakota aircraft ahead of the 1st Army onto open ground at Souk el Arba was successful. For the rest of the campaign the battalion operated as line infantry. It was during this period the Parachute Regiment earned its nick-name, ‘The Red Devils’ from their German opponents.
The Battalion next saw intense action during the 1st Parachute Brigade parachute assault on the Primosole Bridge in Sicily on 13 July 1943. Commanded by Lt Col A S Pearson they were part of a scattered drop on the Catania Plain, with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions and had to fight a desperate battle for possession of the bridge until relieved by 8th Army. This was followed by the sea-borne attack on Taranto Harbour in Italy with the 1st Airborne Division on 11 September 1943. The Battalion probed as far north as Foggia before being withdrawn back to the UK in preparation for D-Day and was based at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire.
On Sunday 17 September 1944 the battalion jumped onto the Renkum Heath west of Arnhem with the 1st Airborne Division during Operation MARKET-GARDEN. During the advance to capture the high ground north of Arnhem Lt Col D Dobie, commanding the Battalion was wounded and taken prisoner. Having sustained severe casualties in the area of Den Brink and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital trying to reach the 2nd Battalion cut-off at the Arnhem Bridge, 1 PARA was forced to retire to the Division perimeter that became besieged at Oosterbeek. Reduced to 100 officers and men they defended with Lonsdale Force, until withdrawing across the Rhine to Driel and then to Nijmegen with the survivors of the 1st Division.
It took considerable time before the remnants of the battalion was brought back to strength in the UK. At the end of hostilities in Europe the Battalion was sent to Denmark to assist in the liberation. The 1st Airborne Division was disbanded.
Despite reorganizations in the 6th Airborne Division to which the 1st Parachute Brigade became part, 1 PARA remained untouched, operating in Haifa during the Palestine Mandate troubles until British troops withdrew in 1948. It was then temporarily disbanded on return to the UK with the Division. Those with service to complete were absorbed into the 4th, 5th and 7th Parachute Battalions of the 2nd Parachute Brigade.
1 PARA was reconstituted from the 4th and 6th Parachute Battalions and re-designated 1st Battalion at Furness Barracks at Lubeck in Germany, returning to the UK in 1949.
From mid 1951 to 1954 it saw active service in Cyprus, the Canal Zone in Egypt and during counter-terrorist operations against EOKA in Cyprus in 1956. It participated in the amphibious landings at Suez during the crisis in November, before being back in Cyprus again in 1958.
During the 1960s 1 PARA served with the Bahrain garrison between 1962-3, a United Nations peace-keeping tour in Cyprus in early 1964 before returning to Bahrain again in 1965 and 1966. The Battalion covered the eventful withdrawal from Aden in 1967 after 127 years of British rule.
The first of its 12 Northern Ireland Op BANNER emergency tours began at the end of 1969, including the ‘Bloody Sunday’ riots in Londonderry on 30th January 1972. Tours were to continue intermittently and total 96 months up to September 2005. (See below for list).
In 1974 the Battalion was awarded new colours (the first since 1950) alongside the other three regular battalions and 4 PARA. After a further UN tour in Cyprus at the end of 1976 a two-year tour followed with the Berlin Garrison. When the 16th Parachute Brigade disbanded in 1977, 1 PARA became part of 6th Field Force on its return to the UK and completed an Emergency Tour in Hong Kong in 1980. Three years of public duties followed in Edinburgh until in January 1983 the Battalion moved to Bulford and took on the Ace Mobile Force Land (AMF(L)) role. Four winters in Norway as the Army’s Mountain and Arctic Battalion followed until May 1987 when the battalion returned to Aldershot, joining the 5th Airborne Brigade.
Training and four more Northern Ireland tours preceded the Battalion’s first conventional deployment since Suez in 1956. The 1 PARA Battle Group secured the Kacanik Defile on the Macedonian border in an air-mobile helicopter insertion spearheading the entry of the NATO KFOR Peace Keeping Force into Kosovo in 1999. Thereafter the Battalion assumed responsibility to restore order in the anarchic conditions that prevailed in the capital of Pristina, when the operation transitioned to peace-keeping.
In May 2000 a 1 PARA Battle Group conducted a rapid deployment to Freetown Sierra Leone to protect a Services Evacuation of UK and other civilian nationals threatened by rebel forces. Their firm action during Operation PALLISER stabilised the situation. Another rapid operation was conducted the following September when A Company Group was suddenly deployed for Operation BARRAS, a joint SAS rescue mission to save British military hostages held by a rebel group called the west side Boys. The mission was completely successful.
Three years later the 16th Air Assault Brigade advanced into Iraq in February 2003 as part of the Anglo-American Coalition to secure the Rumaylah and West Qurnah Oil Fields during the second Iraq War. Both 1 and 3 PARA Battle Groups secured the main south –north route to Basra and 1 PARA took control of Al Amarah in the northern part of the Iraqi Maysan Province. It returned to the UK in July 2003.
More recently the Battalion has been re-designated a specialist role as infantry support to UK Special Forces operations in various theatres throughout the world.
Northern Ireland Tours:
Op BANNER Oct 1969 - Feb 1970 4 Months
Residential Sep 1970 - May 1972 20 Months
Op MOTORMAN Jul - Nov 1972 4 Months
Op BANNER Apr - Jul 1978 4 Months
Spearhead Reinforcement Nov 1981 - Jan 1982 2 Months
Op BANNER May - Oct 1982 4 Months
Op BANNER Jul - Nov 1988 4 Months
Residential Feb 91 - Jul 93 30 Months
Op BANNER Dec 94 - Jun 1995 6 Months
Op BANNER Jun - Dec 1997 6 Months
Op BANNER (RRB) Dec 2000 - Jun 2001 6 Months
Op NIBAT 1 Mar - Sep 2005 6 Months
1st Parachute Battalion
1941-2 Lt Col EE Down
1942 Lt Col SJL Hill, MC
1942-3 Lt Col AS Pearson, DSO, MC
1943-4 Lt Col P Cleasby-Thompson, MBE, MC
1944 Lt Col KT Darling, DSO
1944-5 Lt Col DT Dobie, DSO
1945-6 Lt Col TCH Pearson, DSO
1946-8 Lt Col EJB Nelson, DSO, MC
(Formed Jul 48 from 4th/6th Para Bn)
1948-50 Lt Col JH Cubbon, OBE
1950-1 Lt Col CHP Harrington, DSO, MC
1951-2 Lt Col DW Jackson
1952-4 Lt Col HLEC Leask, DSO, MC
1954-56 Lt Col Jackson
1956 Lt Col JSS Gratton
1957-9 Lt Col GG Reinhold, MC
1959-61 Lt Col J Awdry
1961-2 Lt Col TJ Pine-Coffin, DSO
1962-4 Lt Col PDF Thursby OBE
1964-6 Lt Col JDC Graham, OBE
1966-8 Lt Col MJH Walsh, DSO
1969-71 Lt Col MS Gray, OBE
1971-3 Lt Col D Wilford, OBE
1973-6 Lt Col PS Field, MC
1976-9 Lt Col JB Brierley, OBE
1979-81 Lt Col DMG Charles
1981-4 Lt Col I McLeod, OBE, MC
1984-6 Lt Col MD Jackson, MBE
1986-8 Lt Col JG Reith, OBE
1988-90 Lt Col RW Trigger MBE
1990-93 Lt Col AWJ Kennett
1993-95 Lt Col G McFall
1995-98 Lt Col J James, MBE
1998-00 Lt Col P Gibson, DSO, MBE
2000-2 Lt Col N Davies, MBE, MC
2002-5 Lt Col T Beckett
2005-7 Lt Col MP Christie, MBE
2007-09 Lt Col GP Hill
2009-12 Lt Col AM Wright MBE
2012-14 Lt Col ED Sandry
2014 Lt Col AJE Truett MBE
As an officer and a gentleman you have one perk in the army and that's having a good batman.
Report about the experience of the 6th Platoon S Company of the 1st Para battalion by : Captain Richard Bingley.
Airborne Operation “FUSTIAN” in Sicily on 13th July 1943 by 2/Lieut R.A.J Bingley 1st Bn The Parachute Regiment
A large number of Allied service personnel managed to escape, against Army orders, into the neighbouring hills and countryside before the Germans had time to move in and reassert control over the camps.
After a 6 month tour 16 Air Assault Brigade handed control of Task Force Helmand to the Royal Marines.
This was the first time the brigade had deployed complete on an operation since its inception in September 1999.
The United Nations Mission troops in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) were under strength and of insufficient quality to face down rebel forces intent on encroaching the capital. The 1 PARA battle group was in place within 64 hours of receiving the first telephone call.
On 6th June the 1 PARA group reinforced by 125 men from 3 PARA was deployed in Macedonia under 5 Airborne Brigade to spearhead a forced entry by the NATO KFOR Peacekeeping Force. The aim was to clear any pockets of hard-line resistance that might impede the negotiated Serb Army withdrawal.
The emergency deployment was authorised in order to provide the resident Gurkha battalion with some much-needed respite, and 1 PARA arrived at Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong on 3 February 1980 in bitter cold.
A brief honeymoon as peace keepers between two warring communities locked in civil unrest descended into a virtual civil war between Republican IRA and Protestant para-military groups during the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ that were to last 37 years.
The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Walsh, established aggressive surveillance from fortified observation posts (OPs) covering the main thoroughfares in the highly volatile Sheik Othman and Al Mansura districts of Aden. ‘Fort Walsh’ named after the CO typified the well defended strong-poi
Within five days of the Emir’s request 8,000 British troops had deployed to Kuwait including the carrier HMS Bulwark and a naval task force with the Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious positioned in the Gulf. Iraq was deterred.
Men from 1st Parachute Battalion emplane a Dakota aircraft for a drop at Souk-El-Arba.
Men from 1st Parachute Battalion disembark from a ship in Algiers, North Africa.
HQ Company of 1 PARA en route to Port Said by sea. November 1956.
Men of No 3 Platoon, R Company, 1st Parachute Battalion armed with Bren gun and No. 4 rifles defend a large shell hole.
Typical accomodation for soldiers during the early days of the troubles.
A patrol of 1 PARA stand in front of an old stone building.
Paratroopers attend a pre-operation briefing.
Two paratroopers on a foot patrol through a housing estate.
Paratrooper holding a SA 80 gun on foot patrol through a housing estate.
Graffiti on a building wall giving the Irish view of many emergency tours.
Joint Parachute Regiment and RUC foot patrol.
1 PARA conducting arrests and body searches in Londonderry, January 1972.
An urban riot scene involving 1 PARA.
Signed print of 1950 Colours presentation.
Wombat on the Ranges
C Company, 9 plt, Oman 1989
1 PARA First Team for the Army Football Cup Final in the BAOR, 1975/76
1 and 2 PARA Sniper Pls 1997
Men of 1 PARA prepare for a parachute drop
Cpl Tom Speakman (Royal Signals) and Pte Kevin Bacon (RAMC), 1 PARA, Aden 1967.
1 Para Anti Tank Team, notice behind them are the Buffalo landing craft from WW2
1 Para camp cinema, Cyprus 1956
Photo of Phillip Colechin and another Airborne soldier
Group photo of members of 1st Bn, 3" Mortar Pln, Cyprus 1956
Egbert, 1 Para's parachuting monkey landing in Bahrain, 1964
Members of 1 Para in group portrait
Drums Pln, 1 PARA, Cyprus.
1 PARA Anti Tank Platoon Live Fire Exercise Hohne Germany
1 Para Anti Tank Platoon - live fire of a Milan
Members of 1 PARA Anti-Tank Platoon, Grunewald Forest Berlin, 1975
Terry Miller at the age of 20
Reverend Robert Talbot-Watkins Medal Set
Nick Woolmer & 'Geordie' Craft, 1 PARA Mortar Platoon, undated.
C Coy Live Firing Exercise - A Range Brecon, Wales. Date Unknown.
Pte Andy McManus on right, Palestine, c1946.
The Colours of the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
Members of 1 PARA, Operation Agricola, Kosovo, 1999.
Funeral party for Pte Alexander McBride, May 1946.
The funeral of Pte Alexander "Jock" McBride, Ramleh War Cemetery, May 1946.
The funeral of Private 'Jock' McBride, Ramleh War Cemetery, May 1946.
Steve Lewis and Mick 'Albert' Smith, 1 PARA, Omeath South Armagh 1978.
Steve Lewis with M1 carbine, with 'Skiddy' and Andy Mason in the background, 1 PARA, date unknown.
Andy Warner, Steve Lewis,'Taff' Pearce, B Coy, 1 PARA, South Armagh, 1978.
'Pete' Townsend Steve Lewis and 'Hughie' McGee, B Coy 1 PARA, Fort Campbell Kentucky, 1979.
1 Para HQ Coy. Montgomery Barracks, Berlin. 1975.
Pte Cutler (Left) and Cpl Greenwood observe a riot. Butler Street, 2nd February 1971.
Stick from No 2 Commando emplaning to a Whitley, late 1940
1st Parachute Battalion marching through a hilly landscape, c1942.
1st Bn soldiers pose with a camel and a local man, North Africa, 1942
Members of S Coy, 1 Para mingling with RAF crew at Hurn Airfield, 1942
10 members of 1st Para Bn after receiving MMs at Buckingham Palace, 28 March 1944
L/Cpl Richards and Nobby Hall of 1 Para, prior to Arnhem
Sgt Manser shortly after his capture at Arnhem.
Major John Timothy shortly after being taken prisoner of war, 19 September 1944
Men of 1st Airborne Division pause after crossing the Rhine to escape Arnhem, 27 September 1944
Pte Cyril Turner's PoW tag from Stalag XIB, 1944.
Bernard Taylor, Ron Jones and Cash Casbol In Copenhagen, May 1945
Pte Arnold and airborne colleagues, possibly 1st Bn Germany, c1948
A Coy 1 PARA Hildersheim BAOR circa 1948 Pte Mathews in foreground
L/Cpl Arnold and colleague possibly Germany 1948
Germany - Lance Cpl Arnold on the left c1948
Lance Cpl Arnold swimming the Rhine 1948
Photo Album: Presentation of The Parachute Regiment's first Colours, Aldershot 19 July 1950.
The Chaplain-General conducting the Consecration Service of the Colours, Aldershot 19 July 1950.
Bobby Rankin and Alex Dunbar,C Coy 1 PARA, Canal Zone. 1951.
Alex Dunbar and Bobby Rankin, C Coy, 1 PARA, Fayid Egypt, Canal Zone, 1950s.
Members of 1 PARA at Ash Ranges, Aldershot, 1951.
Terence Gillott (Gilly as we called him) with Rod Escott, during gun practice, Cyprus, 1956
Three members of A Coy, 1 PARA, in Troodos Mountains, 1956.
Pte Len Wright at the helm with members of 1 PARA, river patrol, c1956.
Members of 1 PARA, Cyprus, c1956.
Members of 1 PARA, Cyprus, 1956.
Part of Chalk 7, 1 Para prior to emplaning for Ex Brownjug Denmark, 1957
1 Para Mascot, 1957
Ptes Jim Pidgeon and Chris Chapman, 1 PARA, at Whittington Camp Nicosia Cyprus 1958.
Lt Ted Loden with Major Richard Dawnay, Company Commander D Coy 1 PARA, Radfan c1965.
Lt Gen Harrington inspecting 1 Para Guard during a visit to Bahrain, 1964
Egbert, 1 Para's parachuting monkey in Bahrain 1964
D Coy 1 Para Sgt Charlie Moon and CSM Midi Campbell Radfan circa 1965
Pte Jim Gallagher, Cyprus, 1964.
S/Sgt Riordan with D Company Sgt in Radfan circa 1965
D Company 1 Para, payday in Radfan, circa 1965
Maj Gen Cubbon visiting D Coy 1 Para Radfan, circa 1965
Member of 1 PARA 'D' Company at Checkpoint Golf, Aden, 1967
Members of 1 PARA by jeep, Aden 1967
Member of 1 PARA 'D' Company in Sheikh Othman, Aden, 1967
1 PARA Reconnaissance Platoon, Aden, 1967
Paratroopers in Tented Camp, Aden, 1967
Member of B Company, 1 PARA, Radfan Camp, Aden, 1967
Members of B Company 1 PARA relaxing in Radfan Camp, Aden, 1967
Members of 1 PARA at Beech Road Checkpoint, Aden, 1967
Member of B Company, 1 PARA, Aden, 1967
Soldiers repairing Radio Mast at Fort Walsh, Aden, 1967
Members of 1 PARA attending a service at little Aden Cemetry, Aden, 1967
Service at Little Aden Cemetry, Aden, 1967
Member of D Company 1 PARA, Checkpoint Charlie, Aden, 1967
A Sergeant from the Parachute Regiment, Aden, 1967
Paratroopers riding camels outside 'Juliet' Road Block, Aden, 1967
Men of 1 Para onboard a Land Rover, Aden, 1967
1 PARA, D Company leaving Fort Walsh on foot patrol, Aden, 1967
Mortar Plt Sp Coy 1 PARA about to patrol Sheik Othman Aden 1967
Aden, Sheik Othman police station OP 1 PARA tour 1967
1 PARA on parade outside Buckingham Palace, 1969
Band enter the gates of Buckingham Palace when 1 PARA performed Public Duties, 1969
1 PARA mounts guard at Wellington Barracks, 1969
Changing of the Guard, 1 PARA on Public Duties, 1969
Two Paras on guard as Colours are marched passed, 1 PARA Public Duties, 1969.
Colours being paraded at Buckingham Palace, 1 PARA Public Duties, 1969.
1 PARA in front of Buckingham Palace, 1969.
Lt checks details on clipboard, 1 PARA Public Duties, 1969
1 PARA on duty at the Tower of London, 1969
Three members of D Company, Op Banner, c1970.
3 Platoon A Coy 1 PARA in Belfast 1972
'Cpl Ringway' on deployment to Berlin with 1 PARA, c.1974
1 PARA Anti-Tank Platoon Cyprus 1976
Cpl Joe Lee takes the Salute as 1 PARA marches past on the occasion of his leaving the Army after 22 year's service, 1976.
Bob Craft and Al Slater, 1 PARA, South Armagh, 1977.
Keith Bromley and Dale Gibson A Coy 1 PARA, Crossmaglen, 1978.
Members of 1 PARA, 1979.
Steve Lewis and Kurt Liddell, 1 PARA, at RAF Lyneham, c1979.
L/Cpl Brian Taylor, 1 PARA, at an Observation Post on the Hong Kong border, 1980
Refugees apprehended at the border and awaiting transportation, Hong Kong, 1980
1 PARA patrol escorts illegal immigrants on the Hong Kong border, 1980
The Pegasus patrol embark on a mountain patrol on the Hong Kong border, 1980
Soldiers from A Coy, 1 PARA in a border Observation Post, Hong Kong, 1980
Pte Wells with 'Billy', B Coy 1 PARA mascot, in mountain border region, Hong Kong, 1980
Paras loading a resupply helicopter on the Tolo Peninsular, Hong Kong, 1980
1 PARA Raiders preparing for a coastal border patrol, Hong Kong, 1980
B Company 1 PARA pause on a grassy slope before patrolling, Hong Kong, 1980
Five paratroopers attend to their laundry on camp, Hong Kong, 1980
Men of C Coy 1 PARA with illegal immigrants caught at the border with China, Hong Kong, 1980
Governor Sir Murray Macclehose meets men from C Coy 1 PARA, Hong Kong, 1980
1 PARA soldiers on Robins Nest, Hong Kong border region, 1980
Dave Colton (left) and Al Boardman, 1 PARA Anti-Tank Platoon, Crest Hill Op Hong Kong 1980
Sgt Chris Forrester on ceremonial duties at Edinburgh Castle, 1981.
Pte Greg Allen, 1 PARA, waiting to go out Northern Ireland, 1982.
Greg Allen and Paul Skidmore, A Coy, 1 PARA, emergency tour in Northern Ireland, c1982.
Members of Close Observation Platoon (COP), 1 PARA, Northern Ireland, 1982.
Two members of Close Observation Platoon, 1 PARA, Northern Ireland, 1982.
Members of 1 PARA Mortar Platoon on exercise in Norway, mid 1980s.
Frank Fletcher and Patrick Henry, Mortar Live Firing in Norway, 1987.
'Ginge' Mason and Greg Allen, 1 PARA, Norway, c1987.
Crossmaglen Army Base following an IRA mortar attack, c1989.
Patrols Cadre, 1 PARA, 1990.
Richy Clatworthy and Craig Iredale, B Coy 1 PARA, Yakima USA, 1996.
Capt R Donnellan and Russian Airborne soldiers, Rhyazan, Russia, 1998.
Prince Charles at the Colours Presentation, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, 1998.
Parachutists at the Colours Presentation to 1, 2 and 3 PARA at Queens Avenue, Aldershot, 1998.
Sgt Paul Tonks protecting Madeleine Albright (US Secretary of State) Kosovo, 1999.
Paras on patrol in Sierra Leone, 2000
Covering fire position with a GMPG, Sierra Leone, 2000
C/Sgt Paul Tonks on sniper duties, Lungi Airport, Sierra Leone, 2000.
A 1 PARA Coyote on static display at IWM Duxford 17 June 2012
1st Parachute Battalion War Diary, North Africa. November 1942-May 1943.
History of the 1st Battalion in Operation Torch, November 1 1942-May 31 1943. Part One.
History of the 1st Battalion in Operation Torch, November 1 1942-May 31 1943. Part Two.
Musketeer operation log from November 5-11 1956.
History of the 1st Battalion in Operation Torch, November 1 1942-May 31 1943. Part Three.
1st Parachute Battalion War Diary, July 1944
Personal Account by Lieutenant Colonel AS Pearson.
Personal account of Arnhem by Lt.Col David Dobie
Diary of Pte G Baker, written during Operation Torch, North Africa, 1943.
Personal account of Operation Market Garden by Luis DiMarco
Group shot of 10 Platoon, T Company, 1st Parachute Battalion in Palestine 1945.
1 Para "D" Company Reunion St Athan 2007.
Group photograph of A Coy, 1 PARA on an exercise in Norway
Members of D Coy HQ 1 PARA
Regimental mascots on parade, Aldershot, early 1960s
C Coy 1 PARA Palace Barracks, Holywood Northern Ireland, 1971
Four members of 1 PARA, Northern Ireland, 1980s.
1 PARA, Drill and Duties Cadre, 1980s.
Members of 1 PARA, Norway, 1980s.
1st Parachute Battalion, Italy 1943
1 Para, Belize. Date Unknown
Drums. 1 PARA. July 1959.
Members of 1 PARA and 4 PARA after gaining their American Jump Wings.
3 Platoon, A Company, 1 PARA, March & Shoot winners, Hythe & Lydd ranges, 1978.
1 PARA ready to jump in Norway, 1980s.
Recce Platoon, 1 PARA, Oman, Date unknown.
T Company, 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Palestine 1946.
T Coy, 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, Palestine 1946.
Members of 1st Para Bn, North Africa, date unknown.
1st Bn (1940-1945) The Parachute Regiment, 2nd Reunion, Saturday 24 April 1971.
Officers of the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Bulford, May 1942.
The Officers of The 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Egypt, May, 1952.
Members of 1 PARA, Hong Kong 1980.
2 Platoon, A Company, 1 PARA, Aldershot, May 1991.
B Company, 1 PARA, Fort Bragg USA, 1979.
Members of D Company, 1 PARA, 1951.
Members of 1 PARA Battle Group on Operation Telic, Iraq, March 2003.
1 Para, D (Ptl) Coy. Palace Barracks, 1970.
Brigadier Gale and Lt Col Down inspect 1st Para Bn, Ringway, 1941
Group portrait of Mortar Platoon, 1st Parachute Battalion, c1942.
Group portrait of 1st Parachute Battalion, Bulford, 1942
Men from 5 Platoon, S Coy, 1 Para Bn pose for a photo at Hurn Airfield, July 1942
Group photograph, possibly of 2 Platoon, R Coy, 1st Parachute Battalion, c1942
1st Parachute Battalion Sgts Mess c1942
Small group portrait of T Coy, 1 Para at Coy HQ Barletta, Italy, 1943
Officers of 1 Para, Italy, 1943
Members of the Mortar Platoon, 1st Parachute Battalion, Barletta, Italy 1943.
Group photograph of T Coy in Italy 1943.
Members of 1st Para Battalion Mortar Platoon, Italy, 25 September 1943.
Group portrait of Signals Platoon, 1st Parachute Battalion, Barletta, Italy, October 1943
Group photograph of 1 Para Officers (prior to Arnhem), Bourne, 1944.
Group Photo of Members of 1st Parachute Battalion, c.1944
Group portrait of a platoon from S Coy, 1 Para, at Bourne, Lincs, in September 1944 prior to Arnhem
6 Platoon, S Company, 1st Parachute Battalion, UK, 1944
Members of 1st Para Bn (post Arnhem),circa December 1944
1 Para Officers and Sgts from HQ Coy, Bourne, Lincs, Aug 1945
Group portrait of Medium Machine Gun (MMG) Platoon, 1 Para, Bourne, Lincs, August 1945
Sgt McCormick with other men from 1st Parachute Battalion in Denmark, 1945
Members of A Company 1st Para Bn in London prior to embarkation to Palestine, 1946.
3 members of A Company 1st Para Bn, 1946.
1st Parachute Battalion Sergeants Mess Tul Karm, Palestine - June 1946
Members of 1st Parachute Bn with No 18 Wireless, Palestine, c1947.
7 Platoon, D Company, The First Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Germany 1948.
A Company 1 PARA Brunswick Germany, 1949.
Members of A Coy 1 Para prepared for balloon jumping Hildersheim Germany 1949
The King and Queen meet the RSMs of the regular battalions, Aldershot 19 July 1950.
The King and Queen with officers of 1 PARA, Aldershot 19 July 1950.
1 PARA entraining from Aldershot prior to Cyprus, 1951
Members of 1 PARA after storming the Police Post and Barracks, Canal Zone, Egypt, January 1952.
Group photograph of 1st Battalion Sergeants Mess, Moascar, Egypt, 1953
Coronation Party from the Parachute Regiment parade on HM The Queen's Coronation, 2 June 1953
Members of 2 Platoon, A Company, 1 PARA, England, c1957.
Informal group portrait of 3 Section, 12 Platoon, D Company, 1 Para, Cyprus, 1956
1 Para D Coy 106mm Anti-Tank Crew, Suez, 1956
Members of A Coy, 1 PARA, Cyprus, 1956.
Members of 2 Platoon, A Coy, 1 PARA, Cyprus, 1956.
Members of A Coy, 1 PARA, Snake Island, Cyprus, 1956.
Members of 2 Platoon, A Coy, 1 PARA, Aldershot, 1956.
Members of a section from A Coy, 1 PARA, with a Turkish Cypriot Policeman, at the base of Kyrenia Mountains, Cyprus, 1956.
Group photograph of 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment Athletics Team, 1957
Members of 2 Platoon, A Company, 1 PARA, relaxing, England, c1957.
The Mascot leads the way as 1 PARA marching out of the barracks to receive the Freedom of Aldershot, September 1957
Group portrait of 3 Platoon, A Coy, 1 Para, Oct 1957
Drums Pln, 1 PARA, practising seaborne landings in Cyprus, 1958.
Drums Pln, 1 PARA, Cyprus, 1958.
C Company, 1 PARA in The Havelock Arms in Aldershot, c 1958.
1 Para Drums, July 1959
Group photo of 1 PARA Canoe Team for the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, 1961
Anti Tank Platoon 1 PARA Albuhera Barracks Aldershot circa 1960/61
1 Para Athletics team (Army Inter Unit Athletics Team Champions) 1961
Lt. General Harrington (former CO 1 Para) with some who served with him, in Bahrain 1964
1 PARA Cross Country Team 1967
Members of D Company, 1 PARA, Northern Ireland, c1970.
Members of D Coy, 1 PARA, Northern Ireland, c1970.
Mortar Platoon,1 PARA, Palace Barracks, Northern Ireland, 1972.
Members of 1 PARA Anti-Tank Platoon circa 1975
Members of 7 Plt, C Coy 1 PARA taken on Dhekelia Ranges Cyprus late 1970s
Members of 7 Plt C Coy 1 PARA awaiting transport out of Forkhill 1978
Mick Flannigan, Ian Barrie and Jack Fisher, A Coy, 1 PARA, town patrol Crossmaglen, 1978.
1 Platoon, A Coy, 1 PARA, Hythe & Lydd March and Shoot, 1979.
1 Platoon, A Coy, 1 PARA, Hythe & Lydd March and Shoot, 1979.
1 Platoon, A Company, 1 PARA, Hythe & Lydd March and Shoot, 1979.
Group photograph of C Coy, 1 PARA, July 1979
Group photo of C Coy 'Marauders' resting before a night patrol, Hong Kong, 1980
1 PARA Spearhead Tour 1981-1982 CS 11c and 11d
1 Para Anti Tanks waiting for helicopter transport Fermanagh 1982
Greg Allen, Mick O'Connell and Tony McCann, 1 PARA, Oman, 1982.
Members of 1 PARA, Oman, 1982.
Members of A Coy, 1 PARA, Spearhead Tour, Northern Ireland, c1982.
Members of 1 PARA, Oman Tour, 1982.
Patrol Platoon, 1 PARA, Oman 1982.
1 PARA Close Observation Platoon, Edinburgh 1982.
A Company, 1 PARA, NATO Challenge Cup Winners, Denmark 1983.
Recce Platoon, 1 PARA, Bulford, c1985.
Mortar Platoon, 1 PARA, July 1985.
Members of Mortars Platoon, 1 PARA, Portugal 1986.
Mortar Detachment, attached to C Coy, 1 PARA, Mojhave Desert, 1986.
Mortar Platoon, 1 PARA in Otterburn Camp for the annual Army Mortar Platoon Concentration in 1986.
9 Platoon, C Company, 1 PARA, Northern Ireland 1988.
1 PARA, Close Observation Platoon, Northern Ireland, 1988.
9 Platoon, C Company, 1 PARA, Oman, 1989.
Mortar Platoon 1 PARA Cyprus 1990
Members of 1 PARA, c1990.
1 PARA Colour Party Airborne Forces Day Golden Jubilee July 1992.
B Coy 1 PARA, Yakima USA, 1996.
Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, 1 PARA, July 1996.
Colours Presentation, Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, July 1998.
Support Coy's NCOs landing at Lungi Airfield as part of 1 PARA Battle Group, Sierra Leone, May 2000.
Members of 1 PARA on pre-deployment training for Iraq, 2007
Report on items recovered from EOKA during operations in Cyprus.
Report on successes achieved during operations in Cyprus.
Operation Torch timeline of events.
Report on Operations Night by 1st Parachute Battalion, November 1942
RSM 'Tom' Foster, 1 PARA, 1969-1971.
Major John Rymer-Jones, 2ic 1 PARA, 1969.
'Pop' Wells, 1 PARA, Canada 1980.
Dave Wood with 'shot up' tea urn, 1 PARA, Canada 1980.
Mick Champion, 1 PARA, date unknown.
L/Cpl Terry Miller checking a civilian worker entering Whittington camp, Cyprus 1958.
Unknown soldier of 1st Parachute Bn, Palestine, c1947.
Pte Kevin Howard, Reece Platoon, 1 PARA, Norway 1985.
Citation for the award of the Military Medal to L/Cpl James Duncan, august 1967.
Citation for the award of the Military Cross to Lt Philip Mellors, North Africa, 1943.
Citation for the award of the MBE to WO2 'Tom' Foster, 1967.
Dutch postcard identifying locations where Pte Cyril Turner was assisted at Arnhem, undated.
Postcard from Stalag XIB POW Camp sent by Pte Cyril Turner to his wife Ivy, 31 December 1944
The Address by HM King George VI at the Colours presentation, 19 July 1950.
Booklet for the presentation of the Colours by HM King George VI, 19 July 1950.
Presentation of Colours, programme of events, 15 July 1974.
Programme for the Presentation of Colours at Rushmoor Arena, 1974.
Programme for the Presentation of Colours at Aldershot, 1998.
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