Paratroopers board planes and gliders in England on eve of Allied D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II.
United Kingdom Date:1944, June 5 Duration:3 min 9 sec Sound:Yes
Recap of events leading up to invasion of Normandy (D-Day) during World War II in England. Command departure point shows C-47 tow planes and gliders being readied on a runway at an airfield in England. Tow plane and glider pilots being briefed by an officer. U.S. Brigadier General James Gavin speaks to his paratroopers. Soldiers attend religious services. Supreme Commander of Allied Forces General Dwight Eisenhower talks with men of 6th Pathfinder Units, 101st Airborne Division, who will jump the night before D-day. Paratroopers march out of hangars. Paratroopers attach parapacks beneath a plane. Wings of plane painted with invasion stripes. Heavy equipment being loaded aboard a glider. Paratroopers put on their gear. Jumpmaster makes the final inspection. Paratroopers board planes. Gliders and planes take off. From edited film produced in 1947.
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