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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
Soldiers raining out of the sky, but don’t panic.
rosebud 2:18 pm 03 Jun 09

I said, that’s what my father said.

Thumper 2:17 pm 03 Jun 09

You said vietcong versus the French in the 50s when it was in fact the vietminh 😉

peterh 2:16 pm 03 Jun 09

I have jumped out of a plane a couple of times. it is a thrill, in full kit, to do so. I would prefer to not have to do it on a rainy, miserable day, but if these fortunate few get the chance to do so in all weather, around canberra, lucky them.

rosebud 2:15 pm 03 Jun 09

Thumper said :

rosebud,

the French fought the Vietminh in North Vietnam in the 50s and the very early 60s.

The US and Australia plus others fought the Vietcong in South Vietnam from the early 60s until the early 70s.

So?

Thumper 1:40 pm 03 Jun 09

rosebud,

the French fought the Vietminh in North Vietnam in the 50s and the very early 60s.

The US and Australia plus others fought the Vietcong in South Vietnam from the early 60s until the early 70s.

ant 1:25 pm 03 Jun 09

rosebud said :

The Vietkong cottoned on to this tactic of getting to ground quickly and as a counter measure, they would not only try and shoot them out of the sky, but would also dig shallow pits and insert large pointy bamboo stakes to greet the soldiers on arrival on the ground. Nasty.

Punji Sticks!

rosebud 1:11 pm 03 Jun 09

My father was a parachutist (not sure about the spelling) with the French Foreign Legion in the late 50s or early 60s fighting in Vietkong (as he called it). The clever Vietkong soldiers would try to shoot them out of the sky as soon as they left the planes (and no doubt while they were in the planes too). To avoid being shot in the air, the Parachuters used to fight to be the first one out (the first ones gave the enemy notice they were coming, and the second lot of jumpers copped the fire). They also used to hang on to their parachutes and not deploy them until the last minute, so that they would get to ground quickly and get to cover first. This resulted in many broken legs and other serious injuries. They didn’t take many prisoners and if they did, well, let’s say that the Geneva convention wasn’t high on their agenda. So a soldier with a broken leg was in a very bad way. The Vietkong cottoned on to this tactic of getting to ground quickly and as a counter measure, they would not only try and shoot them out of the sky, but would also dig shallow pits and insert large pointy bamboo stakes to greet the soldiers on arrival on the ground. Nasty.

Postalgeek 2:51 pm 02 Jun 09

Ah, that explains the aerial congo lines I saw this morning.

ant 12:57 pm 02 Jun 09

It keeps them happy, and is more fun than moving holes or painting rocks white. BTW, in Australia, it’s DefenCe.

deezagood 12:25 pm 02 Jun 09

It’s raining men, hallelujah!

S4anta 12:24 pm 02 Jun 09

Thumper said :

3RAR grunters…

Who is running a book on the first pusser to hit the lake, building tree, double for ACTIOn bus etc?

Skidbladnir 12:23 pm 02 Jun 09

That italicised bit at the bottom…
Is that -really- still part of the Defence media release?

pptvb 12:21 pm 02 Jun 09

Should be a good mix with the fireworks weekend….moving targets!

Thumper 12:18 pm 02 Jun 09

3RAR grunters…

Inappropriate 12:10 pm 02 Jun 09

Parachuting gets you behind enemy lines etc – you’re stupid to do it in a firefight. 😀

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