HQ 1st Allied Airborne Army

HQ 1st Allied Airborne Army

The First Allied Airborne Army (FAAA) was formed shortly after the Normandy landings in August 1944 to co-ordinate all airborne operations directly under the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).

On its formation the headquarters included the following officers*:

Appointment Name Nationality
Commanding General Lt Gen LH Brereton American
Deputy Commanding General Lt Gen FAM Browning British
Chief of Staff Brig Gen FL Parks American
Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier RFK Goldsmith British
G1 Section Colonel F Ward American
      Assistant Captain Chapman British
G2 Section Colonel JA Cella American
      Assistant Lt Col AE Tasker British
G3 Section Brig Gen RE Stearley American
      Assistant Colonel WT Campbell British
      Assistant Group Captain Abrahams British
      Assistant Wing Commander Atkinson British
      Assistant Captain PC Fielder British
G4 Section Colonel JH Whalley-Kelly British
      Assistant Lt Col W Howard British
Planning Section Brig Gen S Cutler American
      Assistant Lt Col NJL Field British
Communications Section Colonel EC Gillette American
      Assistant Lt Col B Donald British
      Assistant Wing Commander Fahie British

The FAAA planned a large number of operations which were cancelled. However, its units were deployed on three significant operations:
Operation Market Garden (September 1944);
The Battle of the Bulge (winter 1944-45);
Operation Varsity, the Rhine crossing, and the advance to the Baltic (March to May 1945).

The First Allied Airborne Army was dissolved in May 1945, following the defeat of the Germans.

* Source: 'Airborne Forces' by Lt Col Otway published by Imperial War Museum 1990

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  • Map used by Lieutenant Colonel C.B. Mackenzie, (GSO I) 1st Airborne Division.

    Map used by Lieutenant Colonel C.B. Mackenzie, (GSO I) 1st Airborne Division.

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