A normal infantry company headquarters was supplemented by a REME armourer, tels technician, a small LAD, Pay sergeant and signals NCO. The Guards Parachute Platoon has recently served with distinction alongside 3 PARA in Afghanistan in 2008. Soldiers were sent to the French Parachute training centre at Pau in Southern France. He staffed his HQ with guardsmen and took a close interest in the selection, training, shaping and development of his parachute force that would define the airborne role and character to the present day. The early sixties were marked by a change in role. 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. The platoon work under the command of the Brigade Headquarters in Colchester, Essex. 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. 1 was here. 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. This unit's history is currently being researched. Copyright © Guards Parachute Association 2020. They achieved their tasks and linked up with the British main force in time for endex. On New Years Eve 1963 the Parachute Brigade was recalled from leave and returned to Cyprus, this time to keep the Greeks and Turks apart. Now the company was to take on armoured recce with ferret scout cars as the add-on to its pathfinder role. The Guards Parachute Platoon is made up of volunteers who have passed P Company from the five Regiments of Foot Guards and 2 regiments of the Household Cavalry. 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 Guards Parachute Association was formed on 25 October 1975 when No1 (Guards) Independent Company, The Parachute Regiment, marched off into history. Guards Parachute Platoon. Membership Secretary SIZE GUIDE. 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. After winning it 5 times in succession the competition was withdrawn and a special permanent cup was minted and awarded to the company. The company strength was 88 all ranks. 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. All Rights Reserved. RH8 0BL, Membership Secretary The No 6 (Guards Parachute) Platoon, attached to 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) is the surviving link to the former Guards Parachute Battalion, Guards Parachute Coy and later Pathfinder Platoons. 01937 849786 . If you are currently a ParaData member please login. Grenadier Guards T Shirt Grenadier Guards GALLERY FOR GRENADIER GUARDS Grenadier Guards T-Shirts Please use drop down boxes to select size and colour. In 1970 the Company were swept along with the rest of the army with the Northern Ireland campaign and completed their first tour in Belfast under command 2 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. It was some months before Guards reinforcements started to arrive in numbers, but by 1948 the battalion was 95% guardsmen. GBP. 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. 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. Gum-chewing Army dispatchers would casually line up the pilot over the DZ and point to the door as the green light and klaxon came on. The Guards parachute platoon is made up from members of all of the Foot Guards. 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. For most of its existence the company had been based in Pirbright Camp, separate from the majority of para brigade units and under the administrative control of London District. 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-- … Make a donation to Airborne Assault ParaData to help preserve the history of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. They also began to train in free-fall and HALO to boost their pathfinding capabilities. In 1941 a Guardsman was appointed to command Britain’s first Airborne Division. After 6 weeks the Company were withdrawn and given another task. No 1 (Guards) Independent Parachute Company, The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA). 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. 3 Para 6 Platoon Guards Para. The company at that time was organised into 3 pathfinder/armoured recce troops, each commanded by a captain; an anti tank troop equipped with 106 mm anti tank guns; later replaced by the Wombat. The Company also had a brief foretaste of things to come when they visited the Far East and undertook jungle training and jumped from Pioneer aircraft. 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. 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. Unlike the RAF the Nord Atlas aircraft was handed over to the Army apart from the pilot’s cabin back. Exercises proceeded across UK, in Libya, Cyprus Greece and Germany. Filters . Although there was actually no trouble during the three months the brigade were there, the company were prepared to extract the royal family and others from Amman and get them out of the country. In the late 1960s and 70s the company completed a veritable Cooks tour of exercises far and wide. 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. Personalisation,Wings,TRF,DZs also available. The company held its final parade at Pirbright on 24th October 1975. There are currently no comments for this content. The Company therefore had the pick of perhaps 10,000 men. Surrey this is the guards 25 platoon traning video 25 platoon members: 1 Section!!! The Airborne Shop is the official shop of Support Our Paras (The Parachute Regiment Charity RCN1131977). They could afford to be fussy. T hey can be distinguished from other paratroopers by a "blue red blue" patch sewn to their beret beneath the Parachute Regiment cap badge. The lessons of the Falklands campaign had far reaching results and one was that it had been recognised that the Scimitar and Scorpion troops of the Blues and Royals had provided an invaluable element of mobility and firepower. In all the Company completed two six month tours involving several cross border operations and, a number of contacts, including a notable ambush where Lance Sergeant Wally McGill, (Scots Guards) won the MM. If you are not currently a ParaData member but wish to get involved please register. The Platoon are joined by both reservists from 4 PARA and their French counterparts from 3a RPIMa. Hope Cottage Google+. To compound matters their Rhodesian squadron was withdrawn when Rhodesia declared UDI. The salute was taken by Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templar. ronsecgpa75@btinternet.com. Hitherto they had acted as an additional rifle company or a recce unit following the pathfinding. The No 6 (Guards Parachute) Platoon, attached to 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) is the surviving link to the former Guards Parachute Battalion, Guards Parachute Coy and later Pathfinder Platoons. 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. 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. There was no shortage of volunteers to man the new unit and a steady stream of troopers set off for P company. The spirit is as strong as ever and every man is proud to say “I was a Guards Para”. Overview of Guardsmen in the Airborne Role. 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 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. If you would like to become a member please register. 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. The upshot was that in the late 1980’s a troop of Scorpions from the Life Guards were attached to 5 Airborne Brigade. Die Guards Division (deutsch Gardedivision) ist eine administrative Einheit des Britischen Heers, die fünf Regimenter Fußgarde und ein Reserve-Regiment verwaltet.In ihren Verantwortungsbereich fällt die Abstellung von drei Kompanien und zwei Bataillonen für den „öffentlichen Dienst“. The Officer Commanding Pathfinder Platoon is a senior Captain or Major with an Operations Warrant Officer (OPSWO) as his second in command. The Guards Parachute Platoon is made up of members of the Household Division which have completed P-Company. 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. In days where so many associations are folding through apathy and lack of interest ours is well over 400 strong and still growing. They were supremely fit and skilled and were unbeatable in the annual Evelyn Wood 10-mile march and shoot competition open to all units. Registered members can submit their material by clicking on the 'add your info' button below. In a largely national service army the company was unique in being the only all regular unit in the army. The Guards Parachute Company marched off into history, but not Guardsmen parachutists. The Guards Parachute Platoon has recently served with distinction alongside 3 PARA in Afghanistan in 2008. Guardsmen were back in the parachute role. Guards Parachute Association A large proportion of the company members found their way to Hereford and joined G squadron 22 SAS, but that was not the end of the road, for further outlets for guardsmen to wear the red beret were to develop in the future. On return to UK 6 Division was reduced to Brigade strength, renamed 16 Parachute Brigade, and the Guards Battalion reduced to an independent company. 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. In 1958 the company found themselves again in the Middle East with the parachute brigade when King Hussein of Jordan requested British assistance to help stabilise his country which was on the verge of revolution. AED ALL AMD ARS AUD AWG AZN BAM BDT BGN BHD BMD BND BRL BYR CAD CHF … 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. 22 SAS was desperately stretched in 1964 with operations in the Radfan and Borneo. Help us improve ParaData by sending us your comments and images about this unit. 11.2k Followers, 54 Following, 108 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Guards Parachute Platoon (@guardsparachuteplatoon) 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. Few who passed the rigours of the hardening course ever failed P Coy. The weather there was perfect for parachuting with most days sunny and relatively windless. 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. 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