The Parachute Regiment has won a 15-year-long battle to reinstate its famous wartime Pegasus emblem, after it was controversially axed in a defence shake-up.The badge had been regarded as the trademark of Britain’s airborne forces and was approved by Winston Churchill, but was retired in 1999 against stiff opposition from retired officers and politicians who argued it was part of the Paras regimental history.
Finally. I remember when they removed it.
Part of the argument was that Pegasus wasn’t inclusive enough, since the Air Assault brigade was more a helicopter landing force than an actual airborne organization.
But of course, that ignores the history of the Pegasus patch in the first place. The Pegasus bridge force that came to epitomize the elan and valor of the British airborne forces was, in fact, not an airborne formation, but a glider force.