The Birth of Airborne Forces

In June 1940, Winston Churchill calls for the formation of a 5000-strong Airborne Force.  This talk will explore these early years through the men who served, their training and the battles they thought, forming traditions that can still be seen within the Airborne Forces today.

Becks Skinner is the author of ‘British Paratrooper 1940-45’ and Manager of Keswick Museum.  She has recently completed a Dissertation for her Masters in Heritage Management exploring how 16 Air Assault Brigade use their heritage today.  Between 2009 and 2014, she worked for the Airborne Assault: The Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces.  She previously served within the Royal Corps of Signals whilst in the Territorial Army.


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