They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
Lest we Forget
The Airborne Prayer
May the defence of the most high be above and beneath, around
and within us, in our going out and our coming in, in our
rising up and in our going down, all our days and all our
nights, until the dawn when the Sun of Righteousness shall
arise with healing in his wings for the peoples of the world.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
7 Para RHA supported 5 Airborne Brigade living history group at
2 main events for the group during 2008. The first being Trucks
& Troops at The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New
Forest The 105mm Light gun and Pinz contributed towards the display
stand which in turn won the group 'Best in Class' in the Living
History Diorama class, presented by Lord Montague. We thank the
team that attend and made the trip from Colchester. The second
main event being the War & Peace show. The efforts of the
Lads has been much appreciated and look forward to other future
events in the years to come.
Latest Trophy May 25th
this all about then?:Firstly,
ask yourself what your doing this far into our website? Secondly,
are you ex-airborne forces yourself? Thirdly,
are you intrigued? Fourthly, Have you a general
interest in the Airborne Forces? Last but not least,
why not help us out?
are we all about then?: Firstly,
We all have a common interest,
showing a part of recent Airborne history in the changing face
of the current Armed Forces. Secondly, We enjoy
getting together to share our interest and experiences within
the Airborne Forces to the unsuspecting public. Between us we
have a wide collection of Military / Airborne equipment from parachute's
to inert pyrotechnics. This along with vehicles and weapons to
display to the general public, you find it's either those that
are reminiscing, showing the kids what they used to do or it's
those that wanted to do it but never quite got there or just a
plain anorac. Thirdly, Their are plenty of re-enactment
/ living history groups which displaying everything through time
except recent history. Fourthly, We have the
capability and equipment to put on a display that usually outdoes
the local TA hat Unit and equals and is more diverse than an Army
recruitment stand, not that that is our aim, but fact. We don't
pretend to be something that we're not, if you've got a question
about our motives and capabilities, come on down and talk to us,
alternatively, email us through the site's address below. We have
official collection tins for the Airborne Forces Security Fund
which is a registered charity. Last but not least, if
you've read this far we want you on board. The following is what
we have set as our objective.
To promote through physical presence and
displays the equipment and role that 5 Airborne Brigade had in
the 1980's and 1990's.
Airborne Brigade is looking for sponsorship
for it's activities and events, if you wish to sponsor our website
and or our vehicles please contact us. Info@5airbornebrigade.org.uk
of our Lightweight Recce Landrovers has twice won the Fighting
Landrover Trophy 2004 & 2006 at the World's Largest Military
Spectacular, The War & Peace show.
THE BEGINNING:- The Formation of Airborne Forces
ought to have a corp of at least 5000 parachute troops, I hear
that something is being done to form such a corp, but only,
I believe, on a small scale. Advantage must be taken of the
summer to train these forces who can none the less play their
part meanwhile as shock troops in home defence.Pray let me have
a note on this subject from the war office."
from Prime Minister to Chiefs of staff, 22nd June 1940.
Experience the Airborne Soldier
have jumped from the air and conquered fear. They are proud
of their honour and never failed in any task, they are in fact
men apart, Every Man an Emperor"
the maroon beret is seen on the battlefield, it at once inspires
confidence, for its wearers are known to be good men and true"
more indepth information on the Airborne Forces follow this link.
& Now:- Our Group
have a core group of Ex-Airborne Forces who have built up a substantial
array of vehicles and equipment to display at a number of events
throughout the calendar year. Our vehicle equipment ranges from
a Harley Davidson despatch motorcycle to a Bedford 4 tonner. Our
weapons display's have SA80's, GPMG's & 66's. We have packed
parachute's and containers ready to try out on the kids &
adults that visit our stand. We are not a recruitment stand and
don't pretend to be, just keeping the Airborne spirit alive. When
do the public really get to ask the question or put on the chute
and get a feel for what it's like? take a look at our equipment
page for pictures of our equipment.
5 Airborne Brigade (LHG) have a variety of detachments and elements
to it's make up. We have global contacts in the USA and Europe
and units of the LHG around the UK. This is a true representation
of what the Brigade make up was like during it's time and is the
basis of all elements of most if not all Army's.
have listed a large number of books relating to the Parachute
Regiment & Airborne Forces for you to browse and have links
directly to Amazon.co.uk
- epetition reply dated: 15 February 2008
We'the Government' received a petition asking:
"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Reverse
The Decision That Members of the Parachute Regiment will not receive
Details of Petition:
"No new recruits or even serving members of the Parachute
Regiment or airborne forces will be trained in military parachuting
from next year until 2011. It will then take a year to get the
Army's 2,500 paratroopers up to scratch. The cost-cutting programme
is being launched after defence chiefs warned that spiralling
costs of complex equipment and the demands of military operations
would create a financial "black hole" in the MoD of
£868 million by the end of the next year... Tell me it's
The Government's response:
The Government remains firmly committed to maintaining the Armed
Forces airborne parachute capability.
Reports that parachute training has been suspended or halted are
incorrect. Such reports may have been made because of misinterpretation
made of a savings measure that was taken in April 2007 that decided
to suspend collective parachute training at Battle Group level
for the next two years.
While it is true that Battalion strength parachute training has
been suspended until March 2009, all individual parachute training,
which includes all initial parachute training conducted at Number
1 Parachute Training School, is continuing. Individual training
and collective training up to company level strength is also continuing