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Soldiers raining out of the sky, but don’t panic.

By johnboy 2 June 2009 21

Defense is warning us that they will be entertaining to cognoscenti and terrifying the yokels all week long.

    Army’s Parachute Display Team, the Red Berets, will conduct a series of practice jumps into venues around the Canberra area from 1 to 5 June 2009.

    The training is designed to maintain and develop the skills of the parachute jump instructors and support staff from Army’s Parachute Training School, and better prepare them for future display jumps in the region.

    The Canberra practice jumps are scheduled as follows:

    Monday 1 June – 12pm to 5pm, Royal Australian Mint Oval
    Tuesday 2 June – 8am to 5pm, Manuka Oval
    Wednesday 3 June – 8am to 5pm, Manuka Oval
    Thursday 4 June – 8am to 12pm, Blamey Square (Russell Offices) – 12pm to 5pm Australian Defence Force Academy
    Friday 5 June – 8.30am to 12pm, Rond Terrace

A lot of people question the value of parachuting people in a modern battlefield, the Germans gave up on it after their losses at Crete, which was a long time ago.

But it makes the army happy and it’s fun to watch.

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BerraBoy68 6:04 pm 03 Jun 09

AN great uncle of mine was a british para involved at Arnham. IN fact he was in the house depicted in “A Bridge too Far” that was blown to buggery by a German tank. He ended up getting captured and imprisoned. An escape attempt later in the war cost him a lung.

A good mate of mine was a HALE jumper in the SAS. Now that is scary stuff.

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