D-Day In Color

This year’s D-Day anniversary, the 76th, is a lot more low key than last year’s – primarily because of the restrictions on travelling and large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So we’re going to mark the occasion in our special way, with a collection of genuine photos of Allied airborne and commando forces from […]

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Friday Foto

23.30hrs 5th June 1944 – The Final Embarkation: Four ‘stick’ commanders of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, British 6th Airborne Division, synchronising their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle of 295 Squadron, No 38 Group, Royal Air Force, at about 23.30 on the 5th of June, just prior to take off from RAF Harwell, […]

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Friday Foto

28 May 1982, Goose Green, Falklands. Soldiers of 2 PARA prepare for battle. Photo credit: Airborne Assault – The Museum of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces.   […]

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LeapFest 2020 Cancelled

The Rhode Island National Guard’s 56th Troop Command has announced that the Leapfest-International Airborne Competition for 2020 has been cancelled as a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams that have already registered for Leapfest 2020 will be notified by the command and will receive full reimbursement of their registration fees. To […]

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Operation ‘Doomsday’: Norway, 9th May 1945.

Despite the celebrations of VE Day just the day before, and due to the chaos of the fluid situation of the German defeat, the British 1st Airborne Division launched a mission to liberate Norway.   Advance parties flew into Norway on 9th May 1945. Their task was to maintain law and order, secure airfields, prevent […]

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Russian paratroopers perform Arctic freefall from 10,000m altitude

The Russian Ministry of Defence has released information that a unit of Russian paratroopers have successfully performed a military freefall insertion into the Arctic region from an altitude of 10,000m (32,808 feet). Russian paratroopers equipped with oxygen masks, specially insulated suits, and a new type of special parachute system were in free fall for almost […]

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Throwback Thursday: Johnson Light Machine Gun

Today is the 33rd anniversary of the creation of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) component of SOCOM traces its lineage back much further however – all the way back to the early years of WWII in fact. And today’s Throwback Thursday takes a look at a special weapon […]

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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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