Synopses & Reviews
Rebecca Skinner has been Assistant Curator at Airborne Assault, the Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces, since 2009. Having graduated with honours in 2007, she completed her PGCE in 2009. While studying she was a member of the Territorial Army, serving with the Royal Corps of Signals. She is based in Cambridgeshire. The author lives in Duxford, UK.
About the Author
This new history of the British Paratrooper, from 1940 to 1945, details the unique training, weapons and equipment used by these elite troops. Inspired by the exploits of the German Fallschirmjäger
in the blitzkrieg campaigns, Winston Churchill called for the formation of a 5,000-strong Airborne Force in June 1940. From these beginnings the Parachute Regiment became one of the foremost units of the British Army both in World War II and up to the present day.
A wealth of first-hand and until now unpublished materials brings the history of the ordinary Para to life, drawing on the author's position as a curator of the Regimental Museum. Illustrations and photographs illuminate the equipment and combat performance of the elite 'paras' in the context of some of the most significant campaigns of World War II, including D-Day and Operation market-garden.