[page last updated 06 September 2013]
SQUADRON HISTORY Index:
The history of the Antrims was compiled by it's former Commanding Officer Major A.J. Jack after the squadron disbanded in 1946.
In the 1950's the Commanding Officer of the reformed 591 Antrim Field Company (now back in Belfast,) Major B.R. White, began collecting memoirs from officers who had served in the Squadron during the war years. Some of the results of his quest for personal memories, can be found in the Royal Engineer's Archives REMLA at Gillingham, Kent.
There are several letters of correspondence in the files, and a few of the memoirs (which are transcribed on this website and can be found linked from the Site Contents page via the button above.)
History of the
591 Parachute Squadron
- as compiled by Major A.J. Jack
Synopsis of Squadron History on each linked page: Part 1= Forward by the author, early years of the unit in Northern Ireland as a Search Light Company.
Part 2= Para Training, D-day rehearsals, Squadron to assist 9th Battalion and 22nd Indep Para Sqdn.
Part 3= D-day
Part 4= Taking stock after D-day and defending the Squadron's position.
Part 5= Driver Jacklin's evasion, and repairing and building bridges.
Part 6= The Ardennes and Winter, boobytraps and mines.
Part 7= Patrols, Recconoitering and pushing the German troops back.
Part 8= Clearing roads of mines and blockades, building bridges to open up routes.
Part 9= Massacre at Bande and Land Mine accidents.
Part 10= Moving to Holland and getting bearings round Kessel.
Part 11= Efforts to sneak across the River Maas and map out the German patrols and ditches.
Part 12= Winter snow and ice thaw, clearing mines, working with a mine-detecting dog patrol.
Part 13= Crossing the Rhine and securing the rendezvous point
.Part 14= Losses to the Squadron from Gliders, Blowing the bridge at Ringenberg.
Part 15= Progress and battles as the Squadron advances through Germany.
Part 16= Bridging the Dortmund-Ems Canal, and moving on to Minden.
Part 17= Capturing the Leine bridges, battle at Wunstorf Airfield, Neustadt Bridge disaster, Belsen Camp.
Part 18= Crossing the Elbe at Potrau, Frogmen Saboteurs, on to Wismar on the Baltic.
Part 19= Break up of the Squadron, mine clearance in Norway, bridge repair at Bristol.
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