Seaforth Barracks Dance Ticket 1950

The 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion (TA)

The 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion was formed from the 2nd/4th Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment in May 1943 and belonged to the 5th Parachute Brigade of the 6th Airborne Division.

It jumped into Normandy on D-Day 6th June 1944 remaining in the line until the final break-out to the Seine in August.

During the heavy winter fighting in 1944-5 in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge the 13th Battalion was tasked to capture the village of Bure, which it accomplished after a costly three-day battle. It participated in the Rhine Crossing Operation VARSITY air assault and advanced across Germany with the 5th Parachute Brigade to the Baltic.

After the war in Europe the Battalion moved with the 5th Brigade to the Far East, returning to rejoin the 6th Airborne Division in Palestine in 1946, where it was disbanded and absorbed into the 3rd Parachute Battalion.

In 1947 the Battalion reformed as the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion (TA).

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