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Ready for Anything: A History of the Parachute Regiment


Pride of the British Army, the Paras are one of the most technically proficient, rigorously professional, feared and fearless fighting forces in the world.

READY FOR ANYTHING is the comprehensive account of their exploits, from early days of jumping from the back of a converted bomber, through the Normandy landings to Palestine, Northen Ireland and the Falklands. Military historian Julian Thompson, himself ex-Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands, has drawn upon personal interviews with such colourful personalities as the much decorated Brigadier Alastair Pearson or Major-General John Frost – who held the bridge at Arnhem – and upon war archives and diaries to present a compelling account of the Parachute Regiment at war.


“Wide-ranging and thoughtful.” – Observer