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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.
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.

peterh 5:28 pm 03 Jun 09

a relative tells me that it was worse when he was on point, after landing in a site, moving out, the traps usually triggered after him and skewered the guys behind.

at least the red berets around canberra are just jumping out over canberra for a bit of exercise…

Thumper 4:30 pm 03 Jun 09

Scary stuff…

rosebud 4:15 pm 03 Jun 09

Thumper said :

Sorry, just correcting the terminology.

My father probably dropped bombs on the Vietcong in South Vietnam in the late 60s and early 70s.

It was all hand to hand for my father. Think Lord Stabington from Stabington Hall – stab stab, bang bang, neck wring etc.

circusmind 2:23 pm 03 Jun 09

‘Viet Cong’ was made up by the Yanks and the anti-communist Vietnamese.

Thumper 2:21 pm 03 Jun 09

Sorry, just correcting the terminology.

My father probably dropped bombs on the Vietcong in South Vietnam in the late 60s and early 70s.

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