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The Parachute Regiment

The Parachute Regiment is the main body of elite airborne troops of the British Army.


Formed during World War 2, and still active today, the regiment saw action in Operation Overlord (D-Day) and Operation Market Garden (Arnhem). Since the end of the war the regiment served in various theatres. They played a prominent part in the Falklands War, and also served in Northern Ireland, and the former Yugoslavia.


The Parachute Regiment is organised into battalions. The regiment has three regular batallions, called 1 PARA, 2 PARA and 3 PARA. 4 PARA is a territorial battalion.

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