Parachutists waiting to emplane at Ringway Parachutists waiting to emplane at Ringway Parachutists boarding a Whitley A stick of parachutists before jumping from a Whitley Parachutists jumping from a Whitley at Ringway, 1942

Parachutists jumping from a Whitley at Ringway, 1942 Parachutists jumping from a Whitley at Tatton Park, 1941-42 Parachutists jumping from a Whitley at Tatton Park, 1941-42 Parachutists descending Parachutists collapsing their canopies after landing, early 1942

Men of the 11th SAS on a training exercise in June 1941 A propaganda image used to introduce Britain's paratroopers to the public Practicing unarmed combat

Training

 

"X" Troop, shortly before leaving the UK for Operation Colossus

Preparations

 

An aerial photograph of the Tragino Aqueduct taken on the 12th February 1941 A pre-war photograph of the Tragino Aqueduct The Tragino Aqueduct and the surrouding terrain The western-most pier where the explosives were laid Tony Deane Drummond returning to the Tragino Aqueduct in 1989

The Aqueduct

 

The majority of "X" Troop in P.G. 78, Sulmona Members of "X" Troop at P.G. 102 in 1942

Prisoner of War Camps

 

Lieutenant-Colonel C.I.A. Jackson, commander of the 11th SAS

General

 

The Mediterranean The Flight, 10th February 1941 The Drop Zones and Defensive Positions around the Aqueduct The approximate locations of "X" Troop when they were taken prisoner

Maps

 

X Troop Personnel

 

Sergeant Percy Clements

Sergeant Percy Clements

 

Tony Deane Drummond in North Africa, September 1943 Tony Deane-Drummond, September 1944 Tony Deane Drummond Tony Deane Drummond in the 1960's Tony Deane Drummond returning to the Tragino Aqueduct in 1989

Lieutenant Tony Deane-Drummond

 

Corporal "Derry" Fletcher

Corporal "Derry" Fletcher

 

Lance-Corporal Doug Jones

Lance-Corporal Doug Jones

 

2nd Lieutenant A.G. Jowett

2nd Lieutenant Geoff Jowett

 

Corporal Philip Julian

Corporal Philip Julian

 

Sergeant Arthur Lawley

Sergeant Arthur Lawley

 

Captain Christopher Gerald Lea

Captain Christopher Lea

 

Trooper Nicola Nastri

Trooper Nicola Nastri

 

2nd Lieutenant G.R. Paterson

2nd Lieutenant George Paterson

 

Lance-Corporal Harry Pexton

Lance-Corporal Harry Pexton

 

Fortunato Picchi Fortunato Picchi

Fortunato Picchi (Private Pierre Dupont)

 

Major Trevor Allan Gordon Pritchard

Major Trevor Allan Gordon Pritchard