Organization of the

British Parachute Battalion

1941 to 1945


The British Army raised its first Parachute Battalion in late 1941, and by the end of 1943 there were five Parachute Brigades in the British order of battle.  Each Brigade contained three Parachute Battalions, one of which was the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, which will be detailed separately.

Below are links to the files that make up this study.  The first is a brief narrative of the Battalion organization and how it evolved between 1941 and 1945.  This includes a few details on ammunition allocation and signal equipment.

There are then separate files detailing in full the information as found in the War Establishment for the unit concerned.  This gave the authorised numbers of personnel, transport and weapons for the unit at full strength and in all cases is derived from copies of the original War Establishment tables.  Please note that the tables issued in 1944 and 1945 did not give details of individual weapons (pistols, rifles and Sten guns), only support weapons.

All files in the below links are in PDF.

British Parachute Battalion organization 1941 to 1945

British Parachute Battalion September 1941

British Parachute Battalion May 1942

British Parachute Battalion February 1944

British Parachute Battalion March 1945


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