What was the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael (1940)?

Introduction The Battle of Fort Eben-Emael was a battle between Belgian and German forces that took place between 10 May and 11 May 1940, and was part of the Battle of Belgium and Fall Gelb, the German invasion of the Low Countries and France during World War Two. An assault force of German paratroopers, Fallschirmjäger,… Read More

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Is Distance Travelled by Military Recruits during Basic Training a Significant Risk Factor for Lower Limb Overuse Injury?

Research Paper Title Distance travelled by military recruits during basic training is a significant risk factor for lower limb overuse injury. Background Military initial training results in a high incidence of lower limb overuse injuries (stress fractures and medial tibial stress syndrome). This study aimed to determine whether the distance travelled by recruits, both on… Read More

Linking Lower Limb Overuse Injury & Distance Travelled during Basic Training

Research Paper Title Distance travelled by military recruits during basic training is a significant risk factor for lower limb overuse injury. Background Military initial training results in a high incidence of lower limb overuse injuries (stress fractures and medial tibial stress syndrome). This study aimed to determine whether the distance travelled by recruits, both on… Read More

What was Operation Market Garden?

Introduction Operation Market Garden was a failed World War II military operation fought in the Netherlands from 17 to 25 September 1944. It was the brainchild of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery and strongly supported by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. The airborne part of the operation was undertaken by the First Allied Airborne… Read More

First Woman to Pass the British Army’s P Company

Aged 28, British Army Captain Rosie Wild has become the first woman to complete the Parachute Regiment’s P Company – which many men fail. Several women have attempted P Company, also known as the All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (AAPPS), since they were first able to apply in the 1990’s. Physical challenges across the five days… Read More

Sentimental Men…

“Professional soldiers are sentimental men, for all the harsh realities of their calling. In their wallets and in their memories they carry bits of philosophy, fragments of poetry, quotations from the Scriptures, which, in times of stress and danger speak to them with great meaning.” Matthew Ridgway (1895 to 1993) Matthew Bunker Ridgway was a… Read More

How Personnel are there in the Parachute Regiment?

In 2015, there were 1,320 personnel in the British Army’s Regular Parachute Battalions, of which 1,190 where parachute trained. You can learn about the training undertaken by potential paratroopers here. Reference FOI 74462/01194 dated 24 February 2015.