Title: Eagles Alighting – A History of 1 Australian Parachute Battalion
Author: Dunn, J B
Condition: Near Mint
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1999
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 320 pages
Comments: The detailed history of the 1 Australian Parachute Battalion.
This is a history of the Australian Paratroopers formed in 1942 and becoming 1 Australian Parachute Battalion with a Parachute Training Unit and Mountain Battery Parachute Artillery. Today 3 Battalion (Parachute) Royal Australian Regiment and the parachute Training School continue the tradition.
The book traces the creation of the Paratroopers when Australia was threatened by the entry of Japan into the war and tells of the men who made the skies their particular theatre of warfare and the problems the faced in becoming an elite force. Pride of Unit is paramount for those who wear the Qualifying Wings, ‘Eagle Alighting’ colour patch and the coveted red beret of the qualified paratrooper.
The originals of 1 Australian parachute Battalion were from every division and corps of the Australian Army, trained and disciplined to a pitch of perfection and with a firm belief in their cause. Their maxim “Good men are scarce” is evident throughout this book.
Previous owner’s initials on half title page.
Includes Nominal Roll and Honours & Awards