First phase of the Cyprus airlift of British paratroops was completed on Saturday. A plane?
First phase of the Cyprus airlift of British paratroops was completed on Saturday. A plane an hour took nearly 1,000 men of the 3rd Battalion. The Parachute Regiment, from Lyneham and Abingdon airfields to troubled Nicosia. During the day, the War Office announced that the rest of the 16th Independent Parachute Brigade Group would follow "as a precautionary measure". Total reinforcement to the Cyprus garrison would then be about 3,000 men.
Touching down in Cyprus, first batches of the troops were met by Director of Operations, Major Gen. Douglas Kendrew. They will be ready for special missions on the island itself, where tension between Turks and Greeks might reach a new height as the British plan for Cyprus is announced this week. The troops will also be available, it is reported, if intervention is necessary in the Lebanon, where heavy fighting between the Government and rebels has broken out again.
Yesterday, Sunday, June 15th, the second and final group moved from Aldershot to Lyneham and Abingdon and were expected to take off today.