Meet the Red Devils: Parachute Regiment

This footage is all that remains of the programme that was first transmitted in 1960. Sgt George Brown demonstrates training exercises in a wooded area is known as the 'trainasium'. The aim is for the recruits to overcome a series of physical obstacles which encourage movements of daring and agility. They are also set team challenges aimed at encouraging initiative.

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30 minutes

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Tue 27 Sep 1960 17:00
BBC Television Service

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BBC Four Army Collection
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Originally recorded for a children's programme, this is the only footage that remains. It features a series of physical challenges including zip wire descents and 40 foot climbing frames that would not be out of place in a contemporary adventure playground. The aim is to give soldiers the confidence they will need progress on to and pass the main training course held at Abingdon.

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Role Contributor
NarratorPeter West
ParticipantGeorge Brown
ProducerDouglas Fleming

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