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The Paras in Iraq (Paperback)

Operation Telic 1

Modern Warfare British History Military

By Craig Allen
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Modern Wars
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781913295905
Published: 30th June 2022

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For Operation Telic, the 2003 campaign in Iraq, the UK was the junior partner alongside their American allies but still contributed a substantial force. This was based around the 1st Armoured Division consisting of 7th Armoured Brigade, 16 Air Assault Brigade and 102 Logistics Brigade, with the Marines of 3 Commando Brigade under command. This photographic diary concentrates on 16 Air Assault Brigade’s two parachute battalions, 1 and 3 Para. Beginning with the invasion and operations in the southern oilfields, the story

follows 3 Para’s successful entry into Basrah, before the action switches to 1 Para and a

move to Baghdad to secure the British Embassy. This is followed by a look at life at the Embassy and on patrol in the city before 3 Para’s return south. Written by a media escort and photographer with 3 Para, who was himself a Para for 23 years and continued to serve as a reservist, this book shows how paratroopers looked and fought during the campaign.

Illustrated with over 200 colour photographs, it shows the reality of British forces in a modern-day war, with insights into the Parachute Regiment’s equipment and operations.

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About Craig Allen

Craig Allen has served a full career with the Parachute Regiment seeing active service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and now Afghanistan. He earns his living as a professional photographer, returning to his former Regiment for the 2008 Tour. He has been in a number of warzones as a photographer and security contractor.


He lives, when not on assignment, in Edinburgh.

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