1st Edition PB 2010
Booklet. Published in the UK in 2010 by "The Imperial War Museum". Printer N/K.
Edited by Robert Kershaw. No ISBN number.
This small booklet produced by the Airborne Museum and edited by Robert Kershaw
gives a brief overview of all operations in which the Parachute Regiment have
taken part from N. Africa to Afghanistan. The booklet uses personal accounts from
the men that were at the various places to tell the stories. Of particular interest
is the part about Arnhem. Here, Private Geoffrey Morgan
of 'C' Company, 2 Para relates his experiences.
Colonel Robert Kershaw was born in 1950, studied history at Reading University and
joined the Parachute Regiment in 1972 fulfilling numerous regimental appointments
until selected to command the 10th Battalion (10 Para). He attended the German
Staff College spending a further two years with the Bundeswehr as an infantry,
airborne and arctic warfare instructor. He speaks fluent German and has extensive
experience with NATO, Multinational operations and all aspects of operations and training.
His active service includes several tours in Northern Ireland, the First Gulf War and Bosnia.
He has exercised in many parts of the world and served in the Middle East and Africa.
During the Gulf War he was appointed L/Lt Col acting as the Liaison Officer between the
Corps Commander and the UK Armoured Division and participated in the invasion of Iraq
with the Forward Tactical Corps Headquarters. He was subsequently awarded the US
Bronze Star. At present he is finishing his final army appointment with the
Intelligence Division at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Robert Kershaw's The Tank Men
tells the story both of the British soldiers who trained for, drove and fought in
tanks during the Second World War, and the German tank men who fought against them.
It was sold to Hodder & Stoughton who will publish in 2008 as a lead non-fiction title.
He has also written four highly praised books of military history which have been
published in the UK, USA, Germany, Poland and Russia. In addition Robert Kershaw has
appeared on BBC radio and been interviewed in two TV documentaries.
He has published a number of magazine and newspaper articles including The Times,
Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and Daily Telegraph. On departing the army in 2006
he became a free-lance author and military commentator. He will also be taking up
an academic appointment with the War Studies staff at Sandhurst. Robert Kershaw is
married and has three sons. His chief interests are military history,
the cinema, sailing, skiing and running.