Paras make first operational jump since Suez, apparently.

#1
I can't see any confirmation ATM but according to The Sunday Times;


More than 100 men from 1 Para jumped on an operation against the Taliban.(From a senior defence source) etc .

Tellingly, IMO, was this quote;
"The fact that we have used this tactic, albeit on a small basis, has demonstrated how valuable it is" a senior source said.
Once again, I take nothing away from the blokes, but as they carried little equipment according to to the article, was this more of an Operational PR job on behalf of Pegasus?
There are no details of why they were dropped other than to surprise the Taliban. One presumes that if they had captured someone or destroyed a significant target there would be a little more in the way of PR other than "They jumped" This does not, of course, rule out that a clamp has been applied for Op-sec purposes and more details will emerge over time.

I apologise the the Airborne for my cynicism but in this day of PR and Spin we all know that what we hear is not necessarily what was said, nor even intended etc
 
#6
with shame and a kick *********** i shall now go forth and multiply,my thick error!
 
#8
I take nothing away from the blokes, but as they carried little equipment according to to the article, was this more of an Operational PR job on behalf of Pegasus?
Whether true or not I don't think the powers that be in the MoD are likely to put blokes lives at risk to give Para Regt a bit of publicity. I await this thread to go into the hole at any rate.
 
#10
As fallsch put it. The planning staff are not going to risk AC's, crew's, PJIs and 100 SFSG for just a bit of PR. If true, it would have been for a very good operational reason.
 
#13
As fallsch put it. The planning staff are not going to risk AC's, crew's, PJIs and 100 SFSG for just a bit of PR. If true, it would have been for a very good operational reason.
Well... many have commented that this was exactly what happened with Boy Browning at Arnhem.

Although I sincerely hope this is not the case this time round, remember that "war is politics by other means(C)"!
 

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#14
C'mon mucker you can do better than that! Just a little slagging wouldn't go amiss! :-D
Still Christmas mate - Goodwill to all men (including the unter mensch known as Paras) and all that you know.

Chin chin.

A-Y :meditate:
 

Alsacien

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#15
I can't see any confirmation ATM but according to The Sunday Times;


More than 100 men from 1 Para jumped on an operation against the Taliban.(From a senior defence source) etc .

Tellingly, IMO, was this quote;
"The fact that we have used this tactic, albeit on a small basis, has demonstrated how valuable it is" a senior source said.
Once again, I take nothing away from the blokes, but as they carried little equipment according to to the article, was this more of an Operational PR job on behalf of Pegasus?
There are no details of why they were dropped other than to surprise the Taliban. One presumes that if they had captured someone or destroyed a significant target there would be a little more in the way of PR other than "They jumped" This does not, of course, rule out that a clamp has been applied for Op-sec purposes and more details will emerge over time.

I apologise the the Airborne for my cynicism but in this day of PR and Spin we all know that what we hear is not necessarily what was said, nor even intended etc
Beats walking to work.
The risk of getting there over land (if even feasible) was probably considered in balance with the risk of the drop. Plus you get the advantage of arriving without giving 2 days notice....
 

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#17
Do they realise this is going to **** up all Para hater's in all future threads? Bugger!:)
We going to need bigger hats!
 
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#18
We going to need bigger hats!
At the risk of the wrath of god, if it is correct, bloody well done, I am a firm believer in the use of troops in what they are trained for, I also hope to read of aggressive use of heliborne air assault and all arms combat. This how it should be done. Take it to them.
 
#19
The BIG LOSERS if this report is true, are the Labour shites who so hated the Parachute Regiment that they queued up to encourage the repellent socio-path Brown to ensure that funding for parachute training was refused.

Utrinque Paratus.

Socialist scum don't appreciate the consequences of funding soldiers of the Queen.

PS: If I were 'in charge' I would have six battalions of 'paras' and six RM commandos. (NO disrespect to the 'real' infantry - unequalled anywhere in the world).

The jobless, hopeless 'yoof' wandering our streets causing trouble, would, with the benefit of the 'military system' kicking their lazy arrses, be just as good as their grandfathers' and great grandfathers' generation.

To pay for this enhancement, I would make serious 'savings in the Royal Air Force.

Step One: Anything that kills, frightens or hurts, to the Royal navy.
Step Two: Anything that lifts, or looks, or seeks, or transports, to the Army.

Job done.

Additionally, I would chop fifty MPs from Parliament - huge savings there, if only in expenses!
 
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