Bristol, 1st ed., 1997. 96 pp., numerous cold., + b&w photo-ills., ills., & cold., plans. D.j., 30 x 23cm. Nr.FINE. The Parachute Regiment is one of the world’s great elite fighting forces. Formed in the darkest days of World War II under the orders of Churchill, it had a difficult birth with opposition from within the military, a series of morale-denting casualties and fatalities, and a bloody baptism in Italy. Gradually, the fledgling unit answered its critics, proving itself through a string of dazzling successes in North Africa, Sicily and Normandy. Since World War II the Regiment had many other fine hours of conflict around the world – in Cyprus, Suez, Arabia, Borneo, Northern Ireland and in the Falklands. This book follows the Regiment’s progress through these dramatic events. It shows its training methods, records its successes and failures and predicts its future role. It looks too at some of the great commanders such as General Gale and Colonel ‘H’ Jones – and their contribution to the development of this unique corps. Illustrated with over 80 photographs and artworks.