American paratroopers are dropped from C-47 aircraft during practice maneuvers in England during World War II
England Date:1944 Duration:2 min 48 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. paratroopers stand near open door of a C-47 transport, ready to jump, in a practice exercise, in England, during World War 2. One trooper leans out the opening, carefully looking over the situation. He has a lit cigar in his mouth. Another view shows a Captain, commanding them, poised in the open cargo door. He jumps and the rest of his "stick" of paratroopers follow in quick succession. Another group of paratroopers repeats the process. Scene shifts to views taken from a camera fastened to a paratrooper's leg. His face is seen. He grimaces at the shock of chute opening and then smiles. The open parachute is seen above him. He lands on his back with chute behind him in a grass field. A large formation of C-47s seen overhead, dropping paratroopers, who fill the sky as they descend. Paratroopers are seen as they land. White smoke is seen in the background, marking the drop zone.
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