In February 1942, Frost led 120 men in a daring night parachute jump against the German radar installation at Bruneval in Normandy, France. Dismantling key components of the radar unit, the force then evacuated by sea. Frost subsequently commanded a parachute battalion in Tunisia and then in Sicily and Italy. Frost is, however, best remembered for his role as a lieutenant colonel in command of a parachute battalion at Arnhem during the failed Operation market-garden. His battalion of 600 men suffered heavy casualties in fighting at Arnhem while resisting German attacks on four consecutive nights and three days. Frost, who was severely wounded, was taken prisoner.
Freed in March 1945, Frost continued in the British army after the war and retired as a major general in 1968. He then raised cattle. Frost died in West Sussex, England, on 12 May 1993.
James M. Bates
Frost, John D. A Drop Too Many. London: Leo Cooper, 1994.; Ryan, Cornelius. A Bridge Too Far. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.; Urquhart, Robert E. Arnhem. London: Cassell, 1958.