HQ 2nd Parachute Brigade formed the headquarters for operations of the 2nd (Independent) Parachute Brigade.
On 17 July 1942 the 2nd Parachute Brigade was formed under Brigadier Eric Down. The 4th Parachute Battalion was transferred from the 1st Parachute Brigade to provide the initial nucleus, followed by the addition of the 5th and 6th Parachute Battalions. This formed part of the process to bring the 1st Airborne Division up to a full establishment of three brigades.
The 2nd Brigade fought in North Africa and Italy between 1942-3. When the 1st Airborne Division returned to the UK in November 1943 to prepare for D-Day the 2nd Brigade remained in Italy and was retitled the 2nd (Independent) Parachute Brigade in December. It was to remain in Italy as line infantry and in the airborne role until the end of the war.
The 2nd (Independent) Brigade parachuted into Southern France in August 1944 as part of Operation DRAGOON and occupied Athens in the autumn and winter of 1944-5, before returning to Italy. It was renamed 2nd Parachute Brigade after the war and was sent to Palestine with the 6th Airborne Division in 1945. It was disbanded in the UK in October 1947.
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