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The courage of the Red Devils

Mark Urban describes the remarkable feats of the parachute regiment created under Churchill’s orders in June 1940 to rival the Fallschirmjäger

3 December 2022

9:00 AM

3 December 2022

9:00 AM

Red Devils: The Trailblazers of the Parachute Regimentin World War Two Mark Urban

Peguin Viking, pp.280, 25

At Goose Green during the Falklands campaign, the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment forced the surrender of more than 1,000 Argentinian soldiers. It was an extraordinary feat of arms. The battalion numbered 650 men, far fewer than the accepted ratio of 3:1 when attacking a defensive position. The Parachute Regiment had upheld the old tradition: ‘fast, far and without question.

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