The War Illustrated No 184 Vol 8 July 7th 1944

Our Roving Camera Speeds Airborne Troops ON A SCALE never before attempted, the use of airborne troops in the Allied invasion of France met with such quick and outstanding success as to remove any last doubt as to the value of this form of modern warfare. Air landings at specially selected points in many eases caught the enemy completely by surprise, and all tasks allotted to the air­borne forces were carried out. In the early stages of the assault, approximately 24,000 parachute troops, equivalent to two airborne divisions, were overflown in 1,000 Army transport planes thousands more went by glider. See stories in pp. 120 and 121. Stirling aircraft aline runway in Britain, preparatory to taking off with their loads (I). Farachute troops fill the inside of one air­craft (2) others read with anti­cipatory pleasure the pointed remarks chalked on the side of their glider (3). Crossing the Channel troop-carrying planes tow gliders (4) beiow them, leaving abroad wake on the water, are Allied naval units, ilso headed for France. Ilritish an dI'.S .Official Fho
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