U.S. Paratroopers preparing, and then departing from England, to airdrop over Normandy during World War II
England Date:1944, June 5 Duration:3 min 9 sec Sound:Yes
An airfield in England, filled with Waco CG-4A Gliders and their C-47 tow planes, in readiness for the invasion of Normandy, France, in World War 2. U.S. Army Air Forces intelligence officer briefing C-47 and Glider pilots and crews about conditions expected in the drop zones of Normandy before D-Day in World War 2. Brigadier General James Gavin,Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, giving a final briefing to his paratroopers. A military chaplain holding final religious services for troops. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, visiting paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, as they prepare to depart on the night of June 5, 1944. U.S.Army paratroopers boarding their C-47 aircraft to depart for Normandy on June 5, 1944. Several are seen tying parapacks of heavy equipment to the aircraft for separate release. Paratroopers of 101st Airborne Division, loading equipment aboard a CG-4A Glider, and getting final briefing from their pilot. Other 101st Airborne troopers don personal equipment on the ramp near their C-47 airplane, which displays paint-striped wings and fuselage. Jumpmaster makes final check of his troopers. The paratroopers boarding their aircraft with heavy loads of equipment. C-47 aircraft take off towing their gliders.
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