the red beret
The new novelle exhibition joins the 25th anniversary of 11 Airborne Brigade with the 75th anniversary of the red beret. This exhibition will inform visitors about the history of this symbol of determination
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Air Mobile Brigade and the 75th anniversary of the red beret. Reasons to make an exhibition about the history of the symbol of the airborne troops: the red beret.
75th anniversary of Red Berets
Created by the British army in 1942, the red beret became the international symbol of the airborne troops. Two years earlier, in 1940, Winston Churchill requested 5000 parachutists for the British army after he had witnessed the successes of the German airborne troops that year during their advances through Western Europe. In 1941 the 1st Parachute Brigade was created; this brigade later became part of the new 1st Airborne Division. This division also included a brigade that was transported by gliders. Due to their diverse activities, the status of the red beret grew to become a symbol of determination.
11 Air Mobile Brigade
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing changes in global power, the purpose of the armed forces shifted to a more expeditionary nature. The need arose to have units that could quickly be deployed to operate across large distances. To this end, 11 Air Mobile Brigade was created on 1 May 1992. In the past 25 years, this new brigade has frequently been involved in international missions.
Novelle exhibition The Red Beret
The new novelle exhibition joins the 25th anniversary of 11 Airborne Brigade with the 75th anniversary of the red beret. This exhibition will inform visitors about the history of this symbol of determination, and they can listen to personal stories of the soldiers of 11 Airborne Brigade. What must you be able to do to wear the red beret and what does this mean for soldiers? In a series of portraits, soldiers and veterans tell true stories about the most exciting and most unique moments of the brigade’s history. The exhibition also includes an enormous map of the world showing all of the missions in which the brigade has been involved and the weapons and vehicles that were used.
The novelle exhibition ‘The Red Beret’ will be on view from 1 September 2017 to 11 March 2018 in the small novelle room of the Airborne Museum. The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00.