As the Army prepares to draw down its forces in Afghanistan, soldiers from the Parachute Regiment are on a joint military exercise in Spain training for the threat of future conflicts around the world.
Has Spain stopped burning honest Englishmen at the stake for not bending the knee to the vicar of Rome? If so, I may go there. I hear they hasta la vista but from 5,000 feet I bet it looks like low-rent brown scrub and some roads.
I served with a guy who had jumped with the french when on exercise, but wore them on his right chest (like the french), but only on his smock - never in no 2's, blues or mess dress. My point, made in a round the houses fashion, is why don't 'El Paratroopers' wear them as do their Brit counterparts?
I reckon the exercise was designed put the willies up them and convince them to stop making sideways glances at Gibraltar. Probably not designed to show our military might but more to show them just what happens when an entire company of Paras gets unleashed on the local nightlife.