The superb book tells the remarkable story, of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, which was formed in September 1941, when men from various units of the British Army volunteered for parachute duties. The attraction of an extra 2 shillings a day (.10p in today's money) attracted hundreds of potential recruits for this new Regiment, however as experience was to prove, only one man in three actually possessed the necessary mental attitude and physical fitness to complete the demanding training and earn the right to wear the coveted maroon beret and distinguishing qualified parachutist wings.
Within the first three years of its formation, 2 Para had already taken part in five daring airborne operations behind enemy lines and as a result, earned five out of the eleven Battle Honours emblazoned on the Regiment's Standard, along with many honours, decorations and awards, which included one officer of the Battalion being awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his supreme courage, leadership and devotion to duty during the now legendary battle for Arnhem!
The author has successfully produced a brilliant volume, that is Packed full of fascinating facts and information relating to the daring actions of the brave men of this, one of the most elite units of the British Army. Eyewitness accounts of veterans have been included, along with excerpts from the Battalion War Diaries too. The comprehensive appendix includes a list of officers who served with the battalion throughout the war, along with a detailed roll of honour and an honours and awards list and therefore this publication will be invaluable to the military historian, battlefield guide and researcher alike.