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The Parachute Regiment, which has two battalions based at Colchester Garrison as the core part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, has won a 15-year battle to return the Pegasus icon.
Introduced during the Second World War and recognised as a symbol of British Airborne Forces for many years, the winged horse emblem was scrapped in 1999 when 16 Air Assault Brigade was moved under Joint Helicopter Command.
The Pegasus to be worn by 16 Air Assault Brigade will be the same design as that worn by the 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions, and the 44th Indian Airborne Division in the Second World War. The Pegasus was an inclusive symbol, worn by both parachute and glider formations in the War.
The brigade is now being moved back under Army control as part of a restructuring of the armed forces.
Brigadier Colin Weir, Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, said:“The brigade remains at the tip of the spear as the Army’s very high readiness formation and continues to develop its airborne capabilities”.
Against this background, there was a broad consensus amongst the serving brigade that the time was right to bring Pegasus back.
Pegasus is the defining symbol of British Airborne Forces and is internationally recognised as the classical image of an armed man being delivered into air by battle.
Pegasus’ re-introduction has caused a real buzz of excitement through both serving and veteran members of the brigade, who will walk a little taller as they are reminded of the regiments great history.
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