Parachute Regimental Association Swindon Branch

Parachute Regimental Association Swindon Branch The Swindon Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association meets at the RAFA Club on Belle Vue Road, Swindon - visit the website for the dates
To promote the efficiency of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces by fostering espirit de corps and maintaining contact between past and present members thereof. To relieve either generally or individually persons who are serving or who have served in The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces or the dependants of such persons who are in conditions of need hardship or distress. Membership of the Association is open to all ranks past and present of the Parachute Regiment, regular and TA, including members of other regiments who have served or are serving a tour with the Parachute Regiment. In addition all others who have served or are serving with a British Airborne Formation or Unit are eligible for membership The Swindon Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month, at the RAFA Club on Belle Vue Road, Swindon - 19:30. For more information, contact the secretary on 01793 490594

23/06/2020
16 Air Assault Brigade

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#OTD in 1940, Winston Churchill ordered the formation of the British Army's airborne forces as a result of bitter experience in the early campaigns of the Second World War. An elite force, they would go on to earn an unmatched reputation for courage in Normandy, Arnhem, the Falklands, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Today, airborne forces - in the form of 16 Air Assault Brigade - remain the tip of the spear in protecting the UK's interests worldwide, respected and feared by their opponents.

To find out more: http://ow.ly/altC50AejqL

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38 years ago today. 14th June1982 brought the surrender of Argentine forces to the British task force Remembering the 25...
14/06/2020

38 years ago today. 14th June1982 brought the surrender of Argentine forces to the British task force Remembering the 255 British servicemen never to return. We will remember them.

13/06/2020
The Parachute Regiment

38 years ago today, the end is in sight.

2 PARA Wireless Ridge 13-14 June 1982:

2 PARA won an emphatic victory in the first major land battle of the campaign at Goose Green in May and was deployed again in the engagements to clear the hill ranges around Stanley prior to the final advance into capital.
During the Battle of Wireless Ridge 2 PARA was supported by two batteries from 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery; naval gunfire support from HMS Ambuscade; a troop of light tanks from the Blues and Royals; and elements of 3 PARA who provided fire support. Wireless Ridge was defended by the Argentine 7th Infantry Regiment and detachments from other units.
On 11 June 2 PARA was moved from Fitzroy, by helicopter, to a lying up position to the west of Mount Kent.
At 2300 hours the battalion set off on foot to an assembly area to the north of Mount Kent to support the attack on the first line of hills by 3 PARA, on Mount Longdon, or 45 Commando, on Two Sisters. In the event 2 PARA was not required to help take these hills and the battalion then moved forward a further 15 kms to get into position for an assault on Wireless Ridge. This was postponed for 24 hours to fit in with 5 Infantry Brigade’s delayed schedule.
In that time further intelligence revealed that Argentine forces were assembled on the hill in greater strength than had been anticipated resulting in a last minute change to the battle plan. There was also an air attack by enemy Skyhawks, which although beaten off disrupted the move of the Machine Gun and Mortar Platoons. Consequently theirs and therefore the artillery's fire was registered in the dark.
The battalion moved out at last light (2030 hours) and into its forming up point prior to the fire plan being put into effect. At 0045 hours D Company launched their assault onto an enemy position west of the northern spur (Point X) as phase one of the attack. The Argentines responded with heavy mortar fire but abandoned their positions as D Coy advanced with effective fire support. When the positions were consolidated only a few Argentine dead were found, but D Coy immediately came under fire from the enemy 155 mm guns, using airburst shells.
A and B Coys now began their advance to take the pond covered hill top (Point Z) as part of phase two of the attack. Shortly before the battle a captured Argentine map revealed there was a minefield directly in front of the advancing companies. However it was too late to alter the plan and the Paras pushed on regardless, with most of the men unaware of the hazard. It was fortunate that none of them were blown up.
As they advanced the Argentines could be seen running away. This position proved to be a Regimental HQ and the little resistance shown was soon silenced with over a dozen prisoners taken at first light, who had been found hiding near A Coy’s position! C Coy’s objective, a knoll to the east (Point Y) was also found to have been abandoned.
Whilst A and B Coy reorganised with the Machine Gun and Mortar Platoons, and Blues and Royals light tanks, D Coy moved to the western end of Wireless Ridge prior to their assault. When the assault started considerable resistance was at first encountered and casualties occurred as the enemy mounted a fighting withdrawal from their bunkers. Suddenly, as D Coy closed the Argentines broke and ran. They were harassed all the way by the other call-signs and pursued by D Coy.
The battalion now dug-in as persistent and heavy shelling, which went on for several hours, rained down on them. Luckily most of the shells exploded harmlessly in the peat bog ground.
With daybreak a rather strange and unexpected enemy counter attack of about platoon strength developed from the area of Moody Brook, which was repulsed. This was almost the signal for the complete collapse of all enemy forces, which could be seen streaming away from Moody Brook, Mounts William and Tumbledown, and Sapper Hill.
Permission was eventually gained from the Brigade Commander to advance on Stanley and A Coy, 2 PARA led the first British troops into that town since the Argentine occupation.
Three men of 2 PARA were killed and eight men wounded during the battle. In contrast the Argentines suffered around 25 men killed and approximately 125 men wounded. The number of Argentines taken prisoner was less than twenty as most fled back to Stanley.

Video: British Army Documentaries. Narrator: Richard Todd.

Respect
12/06/2020
The Battle for Mount Longdon – A Company

Respect

A Coy Account – Major David Collett, OC A Coy A Company had crossed the start line at 0005hrs and moved into assault formation and advanced up the slope in dead ground to MOUNT LONGDON. Whilst advancing, the dull thud of an anti-personnel mine was heard to the South and then shells began to fall o...

Airborne Assault - The Museum of the Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces
28/05/2020

Airborne Assault - The Museum of the Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces

Todays the Day: 28 May 1982, Goose Green, Falklands.

2 PARA began the attack during the early hours of 28th May.

By daylight, however, it was held up by strong enemy defensive positions near Darwin and the Commanding Officer, Lt Col H Jones, was killed during the battle.

The assault continued with some ferocious trench to trench fighting and by last light the whole peninsular less the Goose Green Settlement was taken. Negotiations with the Argentinians produced their surrender the next day.

A number of gallantry awards were made to members of 2 PARA in recognition of their actions including the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to Lt Col H Jones.

To learn more and view the obituaries of those killed head to ParaData: https://www.paradata.org.uk/article/goose-green

22/05/2020
Peter

A clip from Operation Slapstick, via our friend Peter Green

Tony Ellis you asked for something about 'Slapstick'. Most histories of the invasion of Italy describe the airborne operation at Taranto as a walk-over, as Tony has already shown this was not entirely correct. As a further example General Hopkinson CO Airborne Div was killed observing 10 Para in action action. This is video shot at Bizerta of the first lift (by ship not air) embarking. 5 Para (Scots) are wearing their bonnets.

Had some time today in lockdown, so visited an old friend in Christchurch in Old Town. Raymond was the same age as me,  ...
11/05/2020

Had some time today in lockdown, so visited an old friend in Christchurch in Old Town. Raymond was the same age as me, when he was murdered by the Irish Republican Army at Warren Point , Northern Ireland. He would have been 60 now. Swindon born and bred, Ray's parents Percy and Doris never got over this.
Rest in peace, brother, see you in Valhalla.

Never forgotten.
04/05/2020

Never forgotten.

Remembering the 20 members of the crew of HMS Sheffield who died on 4th May 1982 when the ship was hit by an Exocet Missile during the Falklands conflict.

RIP

PARATROOPERS WANTEDAre you young (ish) fit and healthy?There has never been a more urgent need for you to get in touch w...
27/03/2020
Branches

PARATROOPERS WANTED
Are you young (ish) fit and healthy?
There has never been a more urgent need for you to get in touch with your local Branch of The Parachute Regimental Association (PRA) than now.
With 77 Branches, we are one of the largest and most active Associations in the country. A large number of those members are vulnerable and live alone. If you are following Government advice and staying at home, you may be in a position to help an Airborne colleague through this difficult and unprecedented period.
While maintaining the strict guidelines laid out to reduce the spread of COVID-19 you may be able to help an individual in your area. Simply by being on the end of a phone nearby, delivering essential supplies and medication, you can help.
Please see the list of Branches and get in touch with the Branch Secretary to offer your support.

Click on each region below for a list of branches or select a branch from the dropdown box Alphabetical list of branchesAldershotAndoverBarnsleyBedworthBirmingham CentralBoltonBradfordCambridgeCardiffCentral LancashireChelmsfordChesterfieldChichesterCoventryCroydonCumbriaDenbighshireDerbyDurhamEast....

75 Years ago on this day, the final Airborne assault of WWII. we will remember them. https://www.paradata.org.uk/event/r...
24/03/2020
Rhine Crossing (Operation Varsity) | ParaData

75 Years ago on this day, the final Airborne assault of WWII. we will remember them.
https://www.paradata.org.uk/event/rhine-crossing-operation-varsity

The 6th Airborne Division was tasked to seize the high ground of the Diersfort Wood, overlooking part of the Rhine to be crossed by the British 21st Army Group. 540 aircraft towing some 1,300 gliders flew into the teeth of German defensive fire, enveloping enemy defences and gun emplacements from ab...

Lloyd was based locally at Down Ampney prior to DDay and Arnhem. Duty done Lloyd. RIP Sir.
11/02/2020

Lloyd was based locally at Down Ampney prior to DDay and Arnhem. Duty done Lloyd. RIP Sir.

Lloyd Bentley, 98, March 30, 1921 - February 10, 2020.
I received the sad news today from Lloyd's son Rick that he had passed away this afternoon after falling ill just after Christmas day.

I met Lloyd at Ginkel Heath during the commemorations in September 2017 and then photographed and interviewed him that December at his house in Brantford, Ontario. The last time I saw Lloyd was this past October when I flew up and spent a couple of days with him. He cooked a roast beef and I joked that it was as tough as shoe leather to which he replied, 'You must have dull teeth. I'll feed you porridge next time'. He was at the Normandy 75th last June and it was great to see him with his portrait at the Arnhem Boys exhibit in Holland last September. He was positive and engaged with life right up to the end. Boy, what a life you led Lloyd!
Lloyd volunteered for the RCAF from his bank job in October 1941 after 'wanting to join the rest of the boys'. He married his fiancee in April 1943 and following a 10 day honeymoon set sail for England for operational training. After a short stint in Northern Ireland training on Wellington Torpedo bombers he sailed to Egypt with Coastal Command.
In early 1944 he was called back to England and joined 48 Transport Command at Down Ampney, Wiltshire, where he trained towing gliders and dropping paratroops for the coming invasion.
On the night of June 5th, 1944, he dropped British paratroopers just beyond Juno Beach at Beny-Sur-Mer, then towed a glider the following evening.
During Market Garden he was involved on the 2nd lift towing a glider. Then the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday he dropped supplies. On that last drop his Dakota was hit and they managed to land at the recently captured Eindhoven airfield where the plane ended up in a potato patch at the end of the runway. That evening he slept under a large portrait of Hitler at the airfields deserted barracks. This is where his wartime operational exploits ended.
Demobbed in September 1945 he sailed back to Canada after 28 months in Europe

14/01/2020
fbwat.ch

Short film clip to share.

12/11/2019
16 Air Assault Brigade

All Arms PPS.

Passing P-Company shows that a soldier has the mental and physical robustness required to parachute into battle.

Soldiers in The Parachute Regiment complete it as part of their basic training, those from attached arms undertake it when posted into 16 Air Assault Brigade.

All Arms Pre-Parachute Selection (Screening) is a two-week course to prepare soldiers to take on the challenges of P Company. Using a sports science-based approach, it is designed to progressively develop their fitness and give advice on nutrition and stretching to set up soldiers to succeed.

Watch soldiers take on the 10-miler, an iconic challenge for airborne forces, as the final event of AAPPS(S).

Visit http://ow.ly/5DKz50x7Aec for more information.

04/11/2019
16 Air Assault Brigade

Training with Estonian Airborne forces. Enjoy

Making the jump from the UK🇬🇧 to Estonia🇪🇪 on #Tractable!

Some 125 paratroopers, including Estonian soldiers, flew from RAF Brize Norton to parachute into Estonia, demonstrating the unique reach and agility of airborne forces.

Follow the full story here: http://bit.ly/2pnpWfa

#WeAreNATO

18/09/2019
Europe Remembers

Spend a moment to listen to Pee Wee.

US Veterans 🇺🇸 Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (98) and Vincent Speranza (94) go for a Memorial jump in Eerde (🇳🇱) !

Exactly 75 years after their first jump, war veterans Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (98) and Vincent Speranza (94) made a memorial jump on the Vlagheide drop zone between Eerde and Schijndel.

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the start of the battle for Arnhem.
17/09/2019

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the start of the battle for Arnhem.

So it begins, we will remember this week the brave soldiers and civilians.

Ray's grave is in Christchurch in Old Town.  RIP Ray, see you in Valhalla
27/08/2019
Para is remembered four decades later

Ray's grave is in Christchurch in Old Town. RIP Ray, see you in Valhalla

FORTY years ago today 18 British soldiers were murdered by an IRA bomb at Warren Point.

31/05/2019
Guy Martin's D-Day Landing Trailer | Guy Martin Proper

This Sunday on C4, Guy Martin, doing this in respect to his Grandad who took part in D Day.

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Guy Martin restores a Dakota plane, undergoes brutal training with the Red Devils parachute display team, and parachut...

Feel free to comment and support Soldier F.
14/03/2019

Feel free to comment and support Soldier F.

Northern Ireland Veteran to face Charges.

The Parachute Regiment cannot comment on the legal aspects of this case or any other of the current cases. However, The Regiment will do everything that it can for any of its veterans involved in the various Northern Ireland legacy cases, in terms of welfare and pastoral support and advice. Any former member of the Regiment who needs support or advice should get in touch with Paul Rodgers, who is our Regimental Legacy Officer. He can be reached on 01206 817072 or [email protected]. Veterans’ UK is also available to offer support and advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterans-uk#content.

The Colonel Commandant of The Parachute Regiment, Lt Gen Sir John Lorimer (Pictured), said: “We take our responsibilities for veteran welfare support extremely seriously. We have specific staff in our Regimental Headquarters who are able to advise former serving members of the Regiment on all matters relating to the ongoing cases. We are indebted to our Regimental predecessors, who served with such courage, sacrifice and dedication to duty to bring about peace and security in Northern Ireland."

A slight change of plan but, it should be for the better.
28/02/2019
The Airborne Statue …

A slight change of plan but, it should be for the better.

This just in From Tommy Simpson, re the Airborne Statue. The PRA organising committee for the unveiling of the Airborne Soldier met today at Montgomery House Aldershot. Two weeks ago, we were dropped a bombshell by Aspire, the company that has responsibility for MOD estates … Unacceptable demands ...

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Tony Ellis you asked for something about 'Slapstick'. Most histories of the invasion of Italy describe the airborne operation at Taranto as a walk-over, as Tony has already shown this was not entirely correct. As a further example General Hopkinson CO Airborne Div was killed observing 10 Para in action action. This is video shot at Bizerta of the first lift (by ship not air) embarking. 5 Para (Scots) are wearing their bonnets.
Thanks to Barclays Bank PLC we have a bunch of signed Premier League kit ready for auction to support our brave little Breya. The 3 year-old daughter of PARA dad Ollie and mum Holly, Breya is fighting Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma cancer for which she needs special treatment in the USA. Read her story at www.supportourparas.org The 10-day eBay auction will start at 5pm on Thursday 15 March, ending 5pm on Sunday 25th, so there’s no danger of missing out on a winning bid. We have signed shirts and footballs from Crystal Palace, Everton, Hull, Man City, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland, Spurs, Watford, West Brom and West Ham. If you are a fan or know someone who is, please share this. You can get your hands on some top signed merchandise and help Breya kick out her cancer. If you can offer more help, please call 01206 81 7074 or email [email protected] Come On Team Breya #COTB
We would welcome any member of the Swindon branch to join us for ABFD 7th July 2018 at Whale Island,contact me John Newman on 02392466732 0r email [email protected]
Pompey Paras Para Spectacular Parade and Reunion at Whale Island Portsmouth 7th. July 2018 1000 onwards security passes etc. contact John Newman 02392466732 or e mail [email protected]
Just wanted to express my sincere thanks to Mo Ellis for travelling all the way to Hertfordshire, with Standard, to attend the funeral of Peter Stainforth on 28th December. This was Airborne Brotherhood spirit beyond all expectation and i can't tell you how much it meant to Peter's family and friends to have had this mark of respect. Thank you, Mo. You are a true gentleman.
We have a D Day Pilot coming to the RAFA Club in Swindon on Wednesday 20 September, 7pm, to make a presentation regarding his memoirs. If any of you would like to come along for a beer or 2 and enjoy the evening, please let me know. Kind regards