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16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion

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Country  United Kingdom
Type  Infantry
Size  Battalion
Branch  British Army
Role  Airborne forces
16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion
Part of  77th Indian Parachute Brigade

The 16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion was an airborne infantry battalion of the Parachute Regiment, raised by the British Army in World War II.


World War II

The battalion was formed in India from the 1st Battalion the South Staffordshire Regiment in January 1945. The South Stafford's had previously been part of the Chindits special force and taken part in the second Chindit expedition in 1944, Operation Longcloth. The battalion was assigned to the 77th Indian Parachute Brigade, attached to the 44th Indian Airborne Division. The war ended before the battalion was committed to action but a number of men parachuted into Japanese Prisoner of War camps to aid the prisoners.

Territorial Army

The battalion was disbanded in 1946, but a new battalion was formed in the United Kingdom as part of the Territorial Army. Renamed the 16th (Welsh) Parachute Battalion (TA), it was assigned to the TA 5th Parachute Brigade of the 16th Airborne Division. It was re-designated 16 (Welsh) PARA (TA) in 1948 and resulting from defence cuts disbanded in October 1956.


16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion Wikipedia

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