Operation Colossus written by Lawrence Patterson and published by Greenhill Books.

This book looks at the first attempt of using the Parachute Regiment in an operation during World War Two, Operation Colossus an airborne raid on the 10th February 1941 to attack the Italian Tragino Aquaduct. Churchill had wanted to see a parachute regiment in action as he had been impressed with a German attack using airborne soldiers. This is a little known operation, I’m not sure why, maybe because it was an Italian target but the men and the operation were successful and the newly formed regiment went on to bigger and better things.

This book is a very good and extremely detailed book with an awful lot of research been put into it. It was a read, which had me hooked from the beginning to end. Another thing that makes this book a good read is that it has interviews and information from the men who were actually on the raid. The book also gives you an insight into what each soldier got up after the event, which is always good to find out about. Overall this is an excellent read and credit has to go to the author Lawrence Patterson and entertaining and detailed read.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.