Everything on this website is the product of my own work, but it would not have been possible without the excellent reference material listed below.


By Air to Battle, prepared for the Air Ministry by the Ministry of Information, Crown Copyright, 1945

Churchill's Spearhead: The Development of Britain's Airborne Forces During World War II, by John Greenacre, published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd., 2010

Honour To The Airborne, Part 1 & 2, by David Buxton, published by Elmdon Publishing, 1985

Operation Colossus: The First British Airborne Raid of World War II, by Lawrence Paterson, published by Greenhill Books, 2020

Para! Fifty Years of the Parachute Regiment, by Peter Harclerode, published by BCA, 1992

Prisoners of War Armies and Other Land Forces of The British Empire 1939-45, published by J. B. Hayward & Son, 1990

Prisoners of War British Army 1939-45, published by J. B. Hayward & Son, 1990

Prisoners of War Naval And Air Forces of Great Britain and The Empire 1939-45, published by J. B. Hayward & Son, 1990

Return Ticket, by Anthony Deane-Drummond, published by Fontana Books, 1953

Striking Back: Britain's Airborne and Commando Raids 1940-42, by Niall Cherry, published by Helion and Company Ltd., 2009

The Guinea Pigs: Britain's First Paratroop Raid, by Raymond Foxall, published by Robert Hale Ltd., 1983

The Red Beret, by Hilary St. George Saunders, published by Michael Joseph Ltd., 1950


Photographs were scanned from the above books. Ownership has been acknowledged on each photograph where it is known. If you happen to be the owner of a photograph on this site which is not credited as such, please get in touch with me and I will correct this immediately.


Special thanks to Bob Hilton.