American paratroopers engage in practice maneuvers in England during World War II
England Date:1944 Duration:6 min 56 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Group of U.S. World War 2 paratroopers being briefed by one of their officers (US Army Captain) who points, on a large scale relief map, to landing zones for practice maneuvers. The troopers wear early version of the Parachute Infantry patch on their overseas caps. Troopers wearing their parachutes are briefed by another officer. Groups of paratroopers file out to U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 transport airplanes and board them. Officer inspects individual troopers and their chutes, as they prepare to climb aboard an airplane. the C-47s taxi out and take off. The C-47s join up in a large formation and fly low over the field. View from copilot's window of the formation flying over English farmland and a village. Aerial view of C-47s in formation with their fuselage doors open. Several aerial views of the formations. Paratroopers seated inside a C-47. Several smoke cigarettes. The name: "Rouby" stenciled on paratrooper's helmet. One trooper smokes a cigar. A trooper walks along passing out cigarettes to others, and lighting them. The troopers all stand up and hook their rip cords to a static line. Aerial view of troopers parachuting from their airplanes, near smoke-marked fields.
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