Without Tradition tells the story of the Second Battalion's five airborne operations behind enemy lines, in the words of fifty members. 2 Para's record was superb and the Battalion won the first two Battle Honours (Bruneval and Oudna) and a total of five out of the eleven Honours on the Regiment's Standard.
After the conclusion of the Tunisian campaign there followed the unpleasant but successful operation in Sicily and a short visit to Italy. The Brigade then returned to England and, after a frustrating wait with numerous aborted plans, was finally launched on the greatest and most celebrated airborne operation of them all - Arnhem, September 1944. The Battalion's performance during Operation Market Garden is legendary but, as this book amply demonstrates, it was the culmination of three year's battle experience. A major factor behind 2 Para's successes was the leadership of its Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel John D. Frost who never failed to inspire those under him by his example and character. Without Tradition is a record of, and a fitting tribute to, one of the most successful fighting units in the long and glorious history of the British Army.