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Para: Inside the Parachute Regiment,
Claire Gillian, Simon Walker

Review:
Who are the men who wear the maroon beret? Journalist Claire Gillman and photographer Simon Walker spent eighteen months finding out. They were given unprecedented access to the private and working lives of the Paras, accompanying 5 Airborne Brigade on trips ranging from stark patrols of South Armagh to training in the steamy jungle of Central America; following every aspect of their daily existence from the full ceremony of a regimental dinner to the raucous off-duty drinking sessions in the pubs of Aldershot; and witnessing the rare and precious moments of family life. Claire Gillian investigates what it is that prompts a man to put himself through the most difficult selection process in the world knowing that only a quarter of those who start will get through. The Paras are revealed as men of burning ambition, who push themselves to the limit of their physical and mental endurance and beyond, who adhere to a strict code of conduct and of honour and develop an esprit de corps which is hard for outsiders to penetrate. As a woman in a man's world, Claire Gillian found that many soldiers confided things in her that they might not have shared with another man. Her text is further illuminated by more than 100 of Simon Walker's candid and dramatic photographs. In "Para", we come as close to understanding the members of this close-knit regiment as we are likely to get.
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Para: Fifty Years of The Parachute Regiment,
Peter Harclerode, Cassell Military.

Review:
This is an illustrated history of one of our most celebrated elite forces, commemorating their first 50 years of operations. From their early World War II exploits, when airborne forces were a novel, untried strategy, through the activities of the Parachute Regiment in the bushfire wars of the end of the Empire, to their outstanding work in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and their deployment in the Gulf War, the story of the Paras is told in readable detail, including many first-hand accounts. The illustrative content includes colour art by top military artists and recent shots of the Paras at work.
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Training to Fight with The Parachute Regiment (Elite Forces Survival Guides)
John T., Jr. Carney (Introduction), Colonel John Carney (Introduction) Mason Crest Publishers.
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Red Beret: Story of the Parachute Regiment, 1939–45
Hilary St.George Saunders, New Eng. Lib. Paperback
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The Para’s Ultimate Fitness: Based on the Parachute Regiments Training Programme
Hugh, DSO MBE Pike

Review:
A 16-week fitness programme based on the Parachute Regiment's own training scheme. This includes: advice on mental and physical preparation; tips for motivation; step-by-step exercises for building strength, stamina and suppleness; methods for maintenance; and advice on diet and nutrition.
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The Paras 1940 – 1984 British Airborne Forces 1940–1984 (Elite Series)
Greg Ferguson, Kevin Lyles (Illustrator)
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Men of the Red Beret: Airborne Forces 1940-1990
Max Arthur

Review:
An authorized history of the Parachute regiment and its campaigns since 1941, based on interviews with members of the regiment. It includes an historical survey of parachuting, and is published to coincide with the regiment's 50th anniversary. Max Arthur has previously written "Above All, Courage" and "Northern Ireland Soldiers Talking".
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Green Devils – Red Devils: Untold Tales of the Airborne in World War II
Edmund L. Blandford
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Airborne Assault: Parachute Forces in Action 1940-91
Bruce Quarrie

Review:
The word "paratrooper" conjures up images of dare-devil courage. During World War II both sides used these small, highly trained bands of soldiers and, post-1945, they have been deployed in operations from Malaya, Borneo and Indochina to Radfan, Suez, the Falklands and Grenada. In August 1990, the Americans initially sent an airborne division to the Gulf to act as an immediate psychological check pending the arrival of stronger forces. This book looks at the history of parachute regiments - who they are, how they are recruited, their individual track records and how necessary they are today. It details paratroop history up to 1991, describes the organization and composition of all the world's airborne units, training methods, principal types of parachute, glider and transport aircraft. Bruce Quarrie is the author of "Hitler's Teutonic Knights", "Hitler's Samurai" and "Weapons of the Waffen-SS".
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Airborne Operations: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Great Battles of Airborne Forces.
Philip de Ste Croix (Editor)
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Paras: An Illustrated History of Britain’s Airborne Forces
HRH Prince Charles (Foreward), David Reynolds

Review:
The maroon beret of Britain's airborne forces has a special significance to every man who has ever worn it, from the wartime units of 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions to the parachute soldiers of today. Supported by a host of specialist units from within the British Army, the modern airborne soldiers have become a household name and are better known as the "Paras". Since their creation in June 1940, Britain's airborne forces have been called on to carry out some of the most difficult military operations in recent history, often destined to result in loss of life for the regiment. From Arnhem to Ulster they have always been in the front line of the action, winning 31 battle honours and hundreds of bravery decorations, including eight Victoria Crosses. This guide tells the story of the birth of the Parachute Regiment during World War II and its rapid development into one of the British Army's pre-eminent fighting regiments. Today they are Britain's "fire-brigade" shock troops, trained in hostage rescue. As part of the UK's Joint Rapid Deployment Force (JRDF), they are on permanent stand-by to react to the unexpected anywhere in the world, in a tradition echoed by their regimental motto, "Ready for Anything".
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British Airborne Forces of the 90’s (Europa Militaria)
Ted Nevill, Michael Roberts

Review:
This volume covers the organization, operational roles, weapons, equipment, uniforms, of the Parachute Regiment and its supporting arms in the Airmobile Brigade. Compiled with the full co-operation of Airborne Forces, with access to many units as they go about their duties, the book's scope embraces everything, from the horrors of recruit selection and basic training to major combat exercises. At a time of great changes for the British Army, and unpredictable developments around the world, it explains and illustrates the tasks of the Para of the 1990s, and how he is being prepared to fulfil them.
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Airborne Elite: Nato’s Northern Flank ( Concord Colour Series)
Yves Debay, James Hill
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Drop Zone Flashes of the British Airborne Forces
Charles A. Edwards, Geoffrey Crowther, Jan Portland
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Assault from the Sky: History of Airborne Warfare
John Weeks
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Arnhem: Britain’s Infamous Airborne Assault of WWII
R.E. Urquhart, Robert E. Urquhart
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Arnhem – The Bridge: 2nd Parachute Battalion (Battleground)
Frank Steer

Review:
In the second of his two Battleground guides to the epic struggle put up by the British and Polish paratroopers at Arnhem, Frank Steer concentrates on the battle in the town itself and particularly for the vital bridge. Seized at a comparatively early stage, the bridge became the focus for prolonged and vicious fighting. Cut off from further reinforcement by the furious Germans, the small garrison, led by the redoubtable Colonel John Frost, waged an increasingly desperate struggle for survival against overwhelming odds, hoping against hope that 30 Corps would arrive in time. As is well known they did not. The fact that this battle was lost and the bold aims of Market Garden were not fully achieved in no way diminished the extent of the achievement of the Paras. Indeed it has added to their glory.
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