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The 16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion was an airborne infantry
                                                                                                     16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion
battalion of the Parachute Regiment, raised by the British Army during
the Second World War.
The battalion was formed in India from the 1st Battalion The South
Staffordshire Regiment in January 1945. The South Stafford's had
previously been part of the Chindits special force. in India. The
battalion was assigned to the 77th Indian Parachute Brigade, of the
44th Indian Airborne Division. The war ended before the battalion was
                                                                                                         Cap badge of the Parachute Regiment
committed to action but a number of men parachuted into Japanese
                                                                                           Active
Prisoner of War camps to aid the prisoners.
                                                                                           Country              United Kingdom
The battalion was disbanded in 1946, but a new battalion was formed
                                                                                           Branch               British Army
in the United Kingdom as part of the Territorial Army (TA). Renamed
                                                                                           Type                 Infantry
the 16th (Welsh) Parachute Battalion (TA), it was assigned to the TA
5th Parachute Brigade of the 16th Airborne Division. It was re-                            Role                 Airborne

designated 16 (Welsh) PARA (TA) in 1948 and resulting from defence                         Size                 One battalion
cuts disbanded in October 1956. [2]                                                        Part of              77th Indian Parachute Brigade
                                                                                           Nickname             Red Devils[1]
Notes                                                                                                                Insignia
                                                                                           The emblem of
   1. ^ Otway, p.88
                                                                                           the Second
   2. ^ "16th Parachute Battalion"          . Paradata. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
                                                                                           World war
                                                                                           British
                                                                                           Airborne
                                                                                           Forces,
                                                                                           Bellerophon
                                                                                           riding the
                                                                                           flying horse
                                                                                           Pegasus




  V   · T· E·                                                British airborne units of the Second World War
                                 1st Parachute Battalion · 2nd Parachute Battalion · 3rd Parachute Battalion · 4th Parachute Battalion ·
                                 5th (Scottish) Parachute Battalion · 6th (Royal Welch) Parachute Battalion · 7th (Light Infantry) Parachute Battalion ·
                                 8th (Midlands) Parachute Battalion · 9th (Eastern and Home Counties) Parachute Battalion · 10th Parachute Battalion ·
  Parachute battalions:
                                 11th Parachute Battalion · 11th Special Air Service Battalion · 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion ·
                                 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion · 15th (King's) Parachute Battalion · 16th (Staffords) Parachute Battalion ·
                                 17th Parachute Battalion · 151st Parachute Battalion · 156th Parachute Battalion ·
                                 1st Royal Ulster Rifles · 1st Border Regiment · 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry ·
  Airlanding battalions:         2nd South Staffordshire Regiment · 2nd King's Own Royal Regiment · 2nd Black Watch ·
                                 7th King's Own Scottish Borderers · 12th Devonshire Regiment ·
                    Artillery:   1st Airlanding Light Regiment · 53rd (Worcester Yeomanry) Airlanding Light Regiment ·

         Reconnaissance:         6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment ·
                                 16th (Parachute) Field Ambulance · 127th (Parachute) Field Ambulance · 133rd (Parachute) Field Ambulance ·
        Field ambulances:        181st (Airlanding) Field Ambulance · 195th (Airlanding) Field Ambulance · 224th (Parachute) Field Ambulance ·
                                 225th (Parachute) Field Ambulance ·
                Glider Pilots:   Glider Pilot Regiment ·

                                 1st Parachute Brigade · 1st Airlanding Brigade · 2nd Parachute Brigade · 3rd Parachute Brigade ·
           Brigades:
                       4th Parachute Brigade · 5th Parachute Brigade · 6th Airlanding Brigade ·
          Divisions:   1st Airborne Division · 6th Airborne Division ·

             Corps:    1st Airborne Corps ·



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