In 1946 Lt Col John Nelson DSO, MC (Grenadier Guards) was appointed to command the battalion and arrived in Palestine to find that the only guardsmen present were he and his adjutant. Google+. The spirit is as strong as ever and every man is proud to say “I was a Guards Para”. In the late 1990’s the Guards Division further strengthened its long and close relationship with airborne forces when a Guards platoon was formed and now serves as 6(Guards) Platoon B Company 3 Para. Membership Secretary The Guards Parachute Platoon is made up of volunteers who have passed P Company from the five Regiments of Foot Guards and Infantry qualified members of the Household Cavalry; they can be distinguished from other paratroopers by a "blue red blue" patch sewn to their beret beneath the Parachute Regiment cap badge. Registered members can submit their material by clicking on the 'add your info' button below. The company strength was 88 all ranks. In the late 1990’s the Guards Division further strengthened its long and close relationship with airborne forces when a Guards platoon was formed and now serves as 6(Guards) Platoon B Company 3 Para. this is the guards 25 platoon traning video 25 platoon members: 1 Section!!! They could afford to be fussy. Unlike the RAF the Nord Atlas aircraft was handed over to the Army apart from the pilot’s cabin back. T hey can be distinguished from other paratroopers by a "blue red blue" patch sewn to their beret beneath the Parachute Regiment cap badge. Overview of Guardsmen in the Airborne Role. They needed back-up, fast, and this came in the shape of the Guards Parachute Company who were rushed through specialist training in six weeks and sent to Malaya for jungle training before operations against the Indonesian army in Borneo. This was to become almost an annual event, interspersed by exercises abroad until in 1975 it was announced that the company was to be axed in the latest round of defence cuts. Guards Parachute Platoon. While most of the company went by sea a small party of 9 guardsmen and 5 sappers under Captain Murray de Klee (Scots Guards) parachuted in with the French. If you would like to become a member please register. There was no shortage of volunteers to man the new unit and a steady stream of troopers set off for P company. AED ALL AMD ARS AUD AWG AZN BAM BDT BGN BHD BMD BND BRL BYR CAD CHF … Grenadier Guards T Shirt Grenadier Guards GALLERY FOR GRENADIER GUARDS Grenadier Guards T-Shirts Please use drop down boxes to select size and colour. GBP. Hope Cottage A 50 jump course with up to 60 seconds delay was an excellent foundation for the later RAF HALO courses and was completed in about 4 weeks. However, the mere fact that they were prepared to go to extremes to seek out something different, put these guardsmen in a league apart. The Platoon are joined by both reservists from 4 PARA and their French counterparts from 3a RPIMa. A normal infantry company headquarters was supplemented by a REME armourer, tels technician, a small LAD, Pay sergeant and signals NCO. One man in the party was shot through the stomach on landing and one was entangled in telegraph wires. David Stirling (Scots Guards) was accompanied by 6 officers and 60 other ranks from the Brigade of Guards when he formed Layforce, the forerunner of the SAS. Exercises proceeded across UK, in Libya, Cyprus Greece and Germany. By the 1960s the Brigade of Guards still had 8 full strength battalions, the 2 regiments of Household cavalry and a large number of additional men manning the Guards training Centre and various formation and regimental establishments. On return to UK 6 Division was reduced to Brigade strength, renamed 16 Parachute Brigade, and the Guards Battalion reduced to an independent company. Major General Boy Browning was formerly a Grenadier. The French showed their appreciation of the patrol’s work by the award of the Croix de guerre to Capt de Klee and one of the sappers was mentioned in dispatches. Make a donation to Airborne Assault ParaData to help preserve the history of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. The Guards Parachute Company marched off into history, but not Guardsmen parachutists. 22 SAS was desperately stretched in 1964 with operations in the Radfan and Borneo. If you are currently a ParaData member please login. In 1975 on the disbandment of the Guards Parachute Company the Guards Parachute Association was formed. This unit's history is currently being researched. RH8 0BL, Membership Secretary In the late 1960s and 70s the company completed a veritable Cooks tour of exercises far and wide. 11.2k Followers, 54 Following, 108 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Guards Parachute Platoon (@guardsparachuteplatoon) Soldiers were sent to the French Parachute training centre at Pau in Southern France. The platoon operates in teams of between 4–6 men. And the discipline they applied to all aspects of their soldiering plus their natural esprit de corps were values deeply embedded in the Parachute Regiment that developed from these early volunteers. Profits from all sales made through our shop go directly to Support Our Paras, so every purchase you make with us will directly benefit The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. In 1941 a Guardsman was appointed to command Britain’s first Airborne Division. The Guards Parachute Platoon is made up of members of the Household Division which have completed P-Company. firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as volunteers for airborne forces there was no shortage of volunteers for Special Forces. From the inception of the parachute role in the British army many guardsmen volunteered for “special duties” for excitement, a chance to prove themselves and sometimes merely to escape the tedium of public duties. The weather there was perfect for parachuting with most days sunny and relatively windless. The platoon has served with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan and has counted among it’s ranks such exceptional soldiers as L/Cpl James Ashworth VC. Now the company was to take on armoured recce with ferret scout cars as the add-on to its pathfinder role. Few who passed the rigours of the hardening course ever failed P Coy. The Palestinian crisis involved the 1st Guards battalion in numerous skirmishes with terrorists and the whole gamut of IS duties, including the distasteful harbour duties at Haifa harbour. The Guards still have a platoon of Guards Parachute Soldiers attached to 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) and have served with distinction in Afghanistan. 1 was here. It was to take up the following 2 years, enhance their reputation as never before and take many of their soldiers in a different direction. HOME Page: No1 (GUARDS) INDEPENDENT PARACHUTE COMPANY; THE PATHFINDERS ; Training for Jungle warfare; History of The Guards Para's in Borneo; Pictures of borneo-oman; photos-1 ; photos-2; photos-3; photos-4; 2015-dinner-and-london-parade; No 6-Guards-Para-Platoon; Photo's 2016-The-Craic; The Craic 2; Contact by E Mail; More Photo's of 2016; 2017-more-old-- … It was some months before Guards reinforcements started to arrive in numbers, but by 1948 the battalion was 95% guardsmen. In days where so many associations are folding through apathy and lack of interest ours is well over 400 strong and still growing. Guards Parachute Association The Guards Parachute Association was formed on 25 October 1975 when No1 (Guards) Independent Company, The Parachute Regiment, marched off into history. If you are not currently a ParaData member but wish to get involved please register. A re-structuring to 2 Brigades in the Division saw the formation of 1 Brigade with 2/3 battalion 8/9 battalion and 1st battalion, which was to be designated a Guards battalion. The early sixties were marked by a change in role. Today is the Grenadier Guards Regimental Remembrance Day a day when Grenadier Guardsmen, both serving and retired, remember and pay tribute to those killed and injured in past conflicts. They were supremely fit and skilled and were unbeatable in the annual Evelyn Wood 10-mile march and shoot competition open to all units. The company served with 16 Para brigade in Germany on border patrols, the canal zone, in Cyprus during the Eoka campaign and from there were involved with the rest of the parachute brigade in the Suez campaign. The Airborne Shop is the official shop of Support Our Paras (The Parachute Regiment Charity RCN1131977). Guards Para Association Newsletter Summer 2011, 6 (Guards) Platoon, 3 Para Passing Out Parade, Pirbright, 2001, 6 (Guards) Platoon, 3 Para Passing Out Parade, Pirbright, 2001 with Guards Para flag, Guards Para Association Visit to 6 (Guards) Platoon, 3 PARA, March 2008, "The Old and The New" - 6 Guards Platoon Passing Out Parade, Pirbright, 2001. The unit had a reputation for containing a high proportion of decorated soldiers, including Sgt John Kinneally VC (Irish Guards) who won his award in North Africa in 1943. The Guards Independent Parachute company was assigned the role of pathfinding for the Parachute Brigade and immediately started perfecting the drills it would use and develop for the next 27 years. No 1 (Guards) Independent Parachute Company, The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA). Hitherto they had acted as an additional rifle company or a recce unit following the pathfinding. The Guards Parachute Platoon has recently served with distinction alongside 3 PARA in Afghanistan in 2008.