The Paras 1940–84

The Paras 1940–84

Elite 1
  • Author: David Gibbons
  • Illustrator: Kevin Lyles
  • Short code: ELI 1
  • Publication Date: 27 Sep 1984
  • ISBN: 9780850455731
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

On the night of 7 February 1941 the first British parachute unit was sent into action. Their target was the Tragino Aqueduct in Italy, and although the mission itself did not go to plan, the effect on Italian morale of this landing in the heart of their country was considerable. It was also a valuable achievement for the parachutists to have proved themselves in action, even on so small a scale, at a time when Britain was reeling from defeat to defeat. Since then, British Airborne Forces have proved themselves in action time and time again, in a variety of different theatres from Europe to the Falklands.

Biographical Note

Gregor Ferguson was born in 1956 in Lanarkshire, the son of a former paratrooper, and himself served for three years in the 10th (Volunteer) Bn. The Parachute Regiment. He served in a rifle company and in the battalion Intelligence Cell, before leaving the Territorial Army due to an ankle injury. A professional journalist, he has contributed many articles to military publications, and is currently the editor of two international defence magazines specialising in Third World military matters. He has a long-standing interest in special forces and irregular organisations. Gregor Ferguson is married, and lives in south London.Kevin Lyles is a talented illustrator of 20th century military subjects. He has illustrated several books for Osprey over the years.


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