Known as “The Paras”, the Parachute Regiment is one, if not the, most elite infantry unit in the British Army. The Paras are an airborne unit which has been an inessential and integral part of Britains fighting force and military camping since its formation in world war two.
The are famous for their maroon coloured beret and exceedingly high standards in terms of the requirements of a paratrooper and the selection process used to test this. They also have the nickname of “The Maroon Machine”, which refers to their famous dark coloured beret.
With it’s illustrious history, the Para’s have been involved in British military operations since it’s formation and have a reputation from it’s actions across numerous theatres of war as a result of their fighting spirit, unrelenting aggression and victory in the face of overwhelming odds.
At the time of writing this post, the parachute regiment comprises of four battalions with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions being regular infantry and the 4th battalion is the reserve unit.
There are many notable and famous former members of the parachute regiment included Sir Mike Jackson who later became Chief of the General Staff in the British Army.
Other famous former members of the Parachute Regiment include the late Colonel H Jones VC who was killed at the Battle of Goose Green during the Falklands War in 1982. His actions at the battle resulted in him posthumously being awarded the Victoria Cross, the UK’s highest bravery and gallantry award.
The current colonel in chief is HRH The Prince Of Wales. The Para’s motto is “Untrinque Paratus” which translates to “Ready For Anything”. Its regimental mascot is a Shetland Pony named Pegasus, which relates to the famous operation in the world war two operation, Market Garden.
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