Dissertation Title The Construction of Collective Identify in the British Parachute Regiment: A Storytelling Approach. Abstract The aim of this thesis is to illustrate how stories and extracts from stories can be used to investigate issues centred on organisational identity in the British Parachute Regiment, the `tribe’ at the centre of this research. This thesis employs a… Read More
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.
The percentage of Parachute Regiment recruits who completed the 28-week Parachute Regiment Combined Infantryman Course (CIC PARA), aka P Company, between 2011 and 2017 is outlined in Table 1 below. Table 1: CIC PARA Pass Rates Training Year 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 & Pass 30% 39% 73% 48% 65% 33% You can read… Read More
Research Paper Title The Development of Britain’s Airborne Forces during the Second World War. Abstract The operational history of Britain’s airborne forces during the Second World War ranges from small-scale raids in 1941 through to full divisional deployments in 1944 and 1945. British airborne warfare during the war appears to be characterised by a lack of consistency or apparently… Read More
Research Paper Title The Development of British Airborne Forces in World War Two and the Concepts, Expectations and Reality of their Participation in Operations Market Garden and Varsity. Abstract This dissertation is an examination into the evolution of Britain‟s airborne forces during World War Two and their participation in two of the most contentious battles… Read More
“What you get by stealth and guts, you must hold by skill and determination.” Major General Richard Gale, Commander 6th Airborne Division, finishing his briefing prior to D-Day (June 1944).
This article will provide the reader with a description of the term ‘crap hat’, and its association with berets and peak caps. The article will then move on to the history of berets from a military perspective, with an outline of the pertinent facts/dates rather than being a definitive account. Next, the article will discuss… Read More