Eighty years on from Operation Torch - the Parachute Regiment’s first crucial campaign - Mark Urban launches his new authorised history of the regiment.
Drawing on British and German sources, he examines the origins and development of the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War and offers a fascinating insight into the unique mindset of its soldiers.
In this illuminating talk, Mark will tell the regiment’s story through the experiences of six soldiers, showing the motivations that drove them and covering their daring actions at D-Day, Arnhem and throughout the conflict.
Mark Urban is a broadcaster and historian. Before working for the BBC, he was Defence Correspondent for 'The Independent' for four years, covering the end of the Cold War and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.
He is the acclaimed author of 'The Skripal Files', 'Task Force Black', 'Big Boys’ Rules' and 'Rifles: Six Years with Wellington’s Legendary Sharpshooters'.
Mark read International Relations at the London School of Economics and served for a short time in the British Army.