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The Parachute Regiment Cap Badge is a metal cap badge showing a symbolizing a winged parachute with the monarchs crown on. Currently this is the queen’s crown but earlier examples show the kings.
The Parachute Regiment Cap Badge is worn on the famous Maroon Beret worn by members of the regiment who have all passed one of the hardest courses in the British Military the arduous P Company.
The Parachute Regiment was formed in in June 1940 and played a major part in World War 2, during World War 2 it had 17 Battalions took part in some of the most ferocious fighting.
The maroon beret and Parachute Regiment Cap Badge became a symbol of courage and excellence throughout the British Military and since then they have taken part in operations including Suez, Cyprus, Borneo, Aden, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Kosovo War, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan and more.
Those who wear the Parachute Regiment Cap Badge make a good proportion of those who serve in the Special Air Service (SAS) as part of Britain’s Special Forces. At this stage they stop wearing the famous Cap Badge and Beret and wear the SAS Sandy Beret and Winged Dagger Cloth Cap Badge.
The Parachute Regiment are also part of the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) attached to Britain’s Special Forces and the Parachute Regiment Elite Pathfinder Platoon members of these continue to wear the Parachute Regiment Cap Badge and also members of the Guards Parachute Platoon also wear the Cap Badge.
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