When opportunity arises: British airborne operations in the Mediterranean 1941-1944

Greenacre, John (2014) When opportunity arises: British airborne operations in the Mediterranean 1941-1944. In: Allied fighting effectiveness in North Africa and Italy 1942-1945. BRILL, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 67-84. ISBN 9789004275232

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In November 1942 the 1st Parachute Brigade was committed to Operation TORCH, the Allied invasion of French North Africa. TORCH should have been a watershed moment the first opportunity for Britain's airborne capability to transition away from being restricted to minor raiding operations to become a component part of the full-scale conventional battle. The three separate battalion-level British airborne operations conducted during TORCH were akin to three individual raids. Two brigade-sized British airborne operations were executed during HUSKY and a third was planned but cancelled. In fact when 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade was temporarily withdrawn from the front line it successfully executed two deliberate, set-piece operations, albeit elsewhere in the Mediterranean. In July 1944 the Brigade withdrew to an airborne base near Rome where it was placed under the command of U.S. Seventh Army to begin training and preparation for the invasion of southern France.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: British Airborne Operations; French North Africa; HUSKY; Mediterranean; Operation TORCH; Parachute Brigade; U.S. Seventh Army
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 11:14
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 11:14
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/384

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