Everything on this website is the product of my own work, but this project would not have been possible without the excellent reference material that I have listed below.


By Air to Battle, prepared for the Air Ministry by the Ministry of Information, Crown Copyright, 1945

Call to Arms, by General Sir Richard Gale, published by Hutchinson & Co. Ltd., 1968

Churchill's Spearhead: The Development of Britain's Airborne Forces During World War II, by John Greenacre, published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2010

Para! Fifty Years of the Parachute Regiment, by Peter Harclerode, published by BCA, 1992

Pure Poett, by General Sir Nigel Poett, published by Leo Cooper, 1991

Striking Back: Britain's Airborne and Commando Raids 1940-42, by Niall Cherry, published by Helion & Company Ltd., 2009

The Guinea Pigs: Britain's First Paratroop Raid, by Raymond Foxall, published by Robert Hale Ltd., 1983

The Paras: 50 Years of Courage, by David Reynolds, published by Express Newspapers plc, 1990

The Red Beret: The History of the Parachute Regiment 1940-1945, by Hilary St. George Saunders, published by Michael Joseph Ltd., 1950


Roll of Honour courtesy of Bob Hilton.


Photographs were scanned from the above books. Ownership has been acknowledged on each photograph where it is known. If you happen to be the owner of a photograph on this site which is not credited as such, please get in touch with me and I will correct this immediately.


Special thanks to Bob Hilton.