parachute troops


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parachute troops

[′par·ə‚shüt ‚trüps]
(ordnance)
Troops organized and trained to be carried into battle by transport aircraft and dropped by parachute, as distinguished especially from airborne infantry. Also known as paratroops.
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(29.) The National Archives AIR 2/3897, "Formation of Parachute Troops in Germany: report from British Air Attache, Berlin," 1938; WO 190/811, "Note on parachute units in the German Defence Forces," May 19, 1939.
In the 1940s, the parachute troops were based in London Road, Hinckley - now the site of the Hinckley campus of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.
Later the same day, returning from a visit to meet parachute troops readying themselves for their terrifying mission, the general told his driver: 'I hope to God I know what I'm doing.' Bad weather meant D-Day was put back by 24 hours.
In the Second World War the Home Guard spent days altering signposts to confuse the expected invasion of crack enemy parachute troops.
The Parachute Regiment, identified by red berets, was essentially created during the Second World War when Prime Minister Winston Churchill called for the formation of 'a corps of at least five thousand parachute troops, suitably organised and equipped'.
The Parachute Regiment was created during the Second World War when Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the formation of 'a corps of five thousand parachute troops'.