Paras: an illustrated history of Britain's airborne forces
The maroon beret of Britain's airborne forces has a special significance to every man who has ever worn it, better known as "The Paras". Involved in some of the most difficult military operations in recent history, the Paras have won 31 battle honors and hundreds of bravery decorations including eight Victoria Crosses. Today they are Britain's "fire-brigade" shock toops and on permanent standby as part of the UK's Joint Rapid Deployment Force (JRDF).
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The Early Days of Airborne Forces
The First Operations
The Invasion of Europe
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