British and US Airborne Forces Strengthen Partnership

British paratroopers have recently jumped with British parachutes from a US Air Force aircraft for the first time, strengthening the ability of British and US airborne forces to operate together. Exercise Pegasus Eagle has seen a C-130J Hercules from USAF’s 37th Airlift Squadron fly into RAF Brize Norton from its base at Ramstein in Germany […]

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Direct Action® – The Halifax has landed

Named after the RAF’s WWII ‘Halifax’ strategic heavy bomber, the Halifax backpack is the most eagerly anticipated backpack in the history of the Direct Action brand. The Halifax is also the most advanced of Direct Action’s backpacks, designed to perform on demanding missions. By combining lessons learned from combat experience plus expert gear design knowledge, […]

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Friday Foto

‘Operation Husky’ the Allied invasion of Sicily 9 July – 17 August 1943. British troops of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, part of the British 50th Division, with an American paratrooper of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, in Avola, on 11 July 1943. —- Photo credit: Sgt. […]

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Friday Foto

U.S. Army paratroopers of the 187th Regimental Combat Team jump out of U.S. Air Force C-119 Flying Boxcars of the 403rd Troop Carrier Wing during a maneuver near Taegu, Korea, on 1 November 1952. Photo credit: US Department of Defence On 20 October 1950, the regiment made successful combat parachute assaults near the towns of […]

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British Airborne Forces 80th Anniversary

22nd June 1940: The Formation of Airborne Forces. On the 22nd June 1940, Winston Churchill sent a letter to General Ismay requesting a corps of at least 5000 airborne troops. Churchill had been impressed by the successes of German parachute and glider-borne troops in securing vital objectives ahead of the armoured ‘Blitzkrieg’ that had steamrolled […]

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The Lost Watch of D-Day

The story of Tom Rice is epic, and his watch was a part of it… Tom jumped into Normandy on D-Day as a mortarman with Company C, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Approaching the drop zone, his aircraft was struck by an enemy shell. In the panic as the plane accelerated to 164 […]

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75th Ranger Regiment Military Intelligence Battalion Officially Activated

Provisionally activated on May 22, 2017 at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Regimental Military Intelligence Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment was officially activated today and now becomes an enduring part of the 75th Ranger Regiment.   “Within Sullivan’s Charter for the 75th Ranger Regiment, we continue to evolve as an ‘awesome force composed of skilled, […]

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Finland Prepared For The Worst: Battlefield 2020

“Battlefield (2020)” is an educational film created by The Finnish Defence Forces specifically for conscript training. The film is part of the combat training material provided in the beginner period and in the non-commissioned and reserve officer courses. In addition, the video is used in the training of reservists and staff. The purpose of the […]

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Happy 245th Birthday US Army

14 June 1944. “Screaming Eagles” in a German VW type 82 ‘Kübelwagen’ at the crossroads of the street (Rue) Holgate and the Route National no.13, Carentan, Normandy, France. It took six days of bitter fighting to liberate the town and ensure the junction between the landing beaches of Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. The town […]

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