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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Museum Monday

The Maroon Beret The 82d Airborne Division’s iconic maroon beret dates back to World War II and, like many other berets in the U.S. Army, is a tribute to the British Forces. The maroon beret was originally given to the U.S. Army’s 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment by their British counterparts, in addition to an honorary […]

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