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NORMANDY, THE AIRBORNE INVASION OF FORTRESS EUROPE

Photograph of Tanks and Infantrymen of the 82nd Airborne Division

Photograph of Men of the 82nd Airborne Division

Photograph of Members of the 101st Airborne Division as they Walk Past Dead Comrades

Photograph of Bomb Damage in Bastogne, Belgium

Photograph of Members of the 101st Airborne Division as they Move out of Bastogne, Belgium

Photograph of Generals of the 101st Airborne Division Reviewing Troops of the 101st Division in Bastogne, Belgium

Photograph of Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division as the Move along a Highway in Belgium

Photograph of Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division

[Members of the 82nd Airborne Division marching in a parade in New York City] / World Telegram & Sun photo by Al Aumuller.

A member of the 101st Airborne Division, armed with an M60 machine gun, participates in a field exercise

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division operate an M151A1 light vehicle fitted with an M60 machine gun

Members of the 101st Airborne Division deploy from a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during an exercise

A female aircraft mechanic of the 101st Airborne Division services an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter

A member of the 317th Tactical Airlift Wing Headquarters Combat Control Team tests for wind speed and direction prior to a parachute drop by troops from the 82nd Airborne Division. The air drop is taking place during combined Army and Air Force training exercise Neptune II

Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division prepare to board a Military Airlift Command C-130 Hercules aircraft. They will be airlifted to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to participate in an airborne assault during combined Army and Air Force training exercise Neptune II

A member of the 82nd Airborne Division struggles with his parachute after landing in a drop zone during combined Army and Air Force training exercise Neptune II

A military policeman from the 82nd Airborne Division prepares to move out in a jeep, after a para-drop at the Sicily drop zone during Exercse NEPTUNE II

A paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division lands at the Sicily drop zone during Exercise NEPTUNE II

A member of Company B, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares for a troop drop during Exercise NEPTUNE II

A paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division gathers his equipment after a drop at the Sicily drop zone during Exercise NEPTUNE II

Information concerning air-drops by the 82nd Airborne Division is plotted on boards in a command center during Exercise NEPTUNE II

Members of Company B, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, prepares for a troop drop during Exercise NEPTUNE II

AIRMAN First Class Kenneth W. Hebert of the 58th Security Police Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, stands guard in a foxhole during Exercise BOLD EAGLE '78. His unit is securing the perimeter of a base for the 82nd Airborne Division

An aerial view of the base showing aircraft on standby and personnel and equipment of the 82nd Airborne Division in position to await loading instruction during the Zaire alert

An aerial view of C-141 Starlifter and C-130 Hercules aircraft parked on the flight line during the Zaire alert build-up. Equipment of the 82nd Airborne Division is staged in a field in the foreground

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division descend upon Gatun drop zone during a training exercise

A paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division prepares to gather his gear after landing in the Gatun drop zone during a training exercise

Members of the 101st Airborne Division load a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. Two UH-60A helicopters are being loaded aboard the C-141 during testing of a new transportability kit

A closeup view of the rear landing gear lock used to secure a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter being loaded into a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. Members of the 101st Airborne Division are loading two UH-60A helicopters into a C-141 during testing of a new transportability kit

A UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter is loaded into a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. Members of the 101st Airborne Division are loading two UH-60A helicopters aboard a C-141 during testing of a new transportability kit

Members of the 101st Airborne Division load a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. Two UH-60A helicopters are being loaded aboard the C-141 during testing of a new transportability kit

An interior view of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft showing side-to-side clearance with a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter aboard. Members of the 101st Airborne Division are loading two UH-60As into the C-141 during testing of a new transportability kit

An interior view of a C-141 Starlifter aircraft showing side-to-side clearance with a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter aboard. Members of the 101st Airborne Division are loading two UH-60As into the C-141 during testing of a new transportability kit

Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division patrol through a German village during exercise REFORGER '80

C-141 Starlifter aircraft drop members of the 82nd Airborne Division over the drop zone during exercise Dragon Team

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division jump from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft during exercise Dragon Team

A C-141 Starlifter aircraft drops members of the 82nd Airborne Division over the drop zone during exercise Dragon Team

Troops from the 82nd Airborne Division are dropped by parachute during exercise Reforger '80

82nd Airborne Division and British paratroopers discuss the procedures of their joint air jump into Arnhem, the Netherlands, to participate in an annual Market Garden (1944 Arnhem Drop) memorial service on Sept. 21

Irish Guards defend a bridge against 82nd Airborne Division "aggressors" during exercise Reforger '80

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division parachute from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft during exercise Reforger '80

82nd Airborne Division air traffic controllers coordinate on radio with C-141B Starlifter aircraft as the other members parachute from the aircraft during exercise Reforger '80

82nd Airborne Division members parachute from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft during exercise Reforger '80

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division parachute from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft during exercise Reforger '80

A portrait of British Air Force LTC Martin, a leader of 10 paratroopers, aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft, in flight. 82nd Airborne Division and British paratroopers will participate in an annual Market Garden (1944 Arnhem Drop) memorial service on Sept. 21

82nd Airborne Division and British paratroopers meet to discuss the procedures of their joint air jump into Arnhem, the Netherlands, to participate in an annual Market Garden (1944 Arnhem Drop) memorial service on Sept. 21

82nd Airborne Division members don their parachute packs, using the buddy system, in preparation for their C-130 Hercules flight mission with British troops. The troops will parachute into Arnhem, the Netherlands, to participate in an annual Market Garden (1944 Arnhem Drop) memorial service on Sept. 21

British troops head toward two of three C-130 Hercules aircraft to be loaded for a flight mission with U.S. 82nd Airborne Division troops. The troops will parachute into Arnhem, the Netherlands, to participate in an annual Market Garden (1944 Arnhem Drop) memorial service on Sept. 21

The 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules aircrew pose with British paratroopers beside the aircraft. The U.S. Air Force flew the troopers and their participants, the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, to Arnhem to perform at an annual Market Garden (1944 Arnhem Drop) memorial service on Sept. 21

British troops stand at attention during the 36th Annual Remembrance of the Battle of Arnhem as U.S. 82nd Airborne Division members, in the background, stand by

LT. Charles Jacoby, commander, 3rd Platoon, 82nd Airborne Division, and British troops participate in the 36th Annual Remembrance of the Battle of Arnhem

U.S. 82nd Airborne Division members stand by during the 36th Annual Remembrance of the Battle of Arnhem

AN air-to-air right side view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft dropping 82nd Airborne Division troops over Drop Zone B-70 during Dragon Team, the largest non-Joint Chiefs of STAFF airdrop training exercise in history. The aircraft is assigned to the 437th Military Airlift Wing

AN air-to-air right side view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft dropping 82nd Airborne Division troops over Drop Zone B-70 during Dragon Team, the largest non-Joint Chiefs of STAFF airdrop training exercise in history. The aircraft is assigned to the 437th Military Airlift Wing

AN air-to-air right side view of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft dropping 82nd Airborne Division troops over Drop Zone B-70 during Dragon Team, the largest non-Joint Chiefs of STAFF airdrop training exercise in history. The aircraft is assigned to the 437th Military Airlift Wing

A paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne Division nears the ground, as airmen (foreground) watch, during the Volant Rodeo 1981 competition

Members of the United States (US) Air Force 82nd Airborne Division line a farm land ditch after parachuting into the area during exercise REFORGER/AUTUMN FORGE 1980. AUTUMN FORGER is a reserve airdrop and associated ground movements taking place both here an in Germany and involving mostly US and British troops and equipment

Men from the 101st Airborne Division, assemble by the loading ramp of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during exercise BOLD EAGLE '82

Men from the 101st Airborne Division, prepare for exiting from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during exercise Bold Eagle '82

A jeep attached to the 101st Airborne Division, is offloaded from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during exercise BOLD EAGLE '82

A truck and equipment attached to the 101st Airborne Division, is offloaded from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during exercise BOLD EAGLE '82

Members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, arrive at auxiliary field 6 during exercise BOLD EAGLE '82

Members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, gather their gear together after arriving for exercise BOLD EAGLE '82

Members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, offload their gear at auxiliary field 6 during exercise BOLD EAGLE '82

U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division march to the flight line to prepare for the journey home at the completion of exercise Bright Star '82

A U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division march to the flight line to prepare for the journey home at the completion of exercise Bright Star '82

A UH-60 BlackHawk helicopter flies over U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division waiting to board a DC-10 aircraft for the trip home at the conclusion of exercise Bright Star '82

A member of the 82nd Airborne Division prepares gear for loading aboard an aircraft, at the conclusion of Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division stand by a morning camp fire to warm themselves during BRIGHT STAR '82, an exercise involving troops from the US, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Oman

A right front view of a chartered Transamerica DC-10 aircraft as members of the 82nd Airborne Division debark upon their arrival to participate in Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

A right front view of a chartered Transamerica DC-10 aircraft carrying members of the 82nd Airborne Division, as they arrive to participate in exercise Bright Star '82

A left front view of a chartered Transamerica DC-10 aircraft as members of the 82nd Airborne Division debark upon their arrival to participate in Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

An M60 tank provides cover for members of the 82nd Airborne Division participating in Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

A member of the 82nd Airborne Division rappels from an Egyptian (British built) Westland Commando helicopter during Bright Star '82, an exercise involving troops from the U.S., Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Oman

An injured member of the 82nd Airborne Division is treated prior to being transported to a Cairo hospital during Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division, armed with M-16A1 rifles, take defensive positions in the Sahara Desert during exercise Bright Star '82

An injured member of the 82nd Airborne Division is treated prior to being transported to a Cairo hospital during Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division offload equipment from a chartered Transamerica DC-10 aircraft upon their arrival to participate in Exercise BRIGHT STAR '82

Members of the 24th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division tend to paperwork while wearing nuclear-biological-chemical warfare gear for a drill during Operation Desert Shield

SPC Patrick McGinnis, 2nd Bn., 504th Inf., 82nd Abn., Div., gives "thumbs up" before boarding a C-141 Starlifter aircraft. About 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division became the first Americans to make a mass tactical jump in Egypt during Exercise Bright Star '82

A member of the 82nd Airborne Division prepares to exit Landing Zone Nelson after making a parachute jump into the area during Exercise Gallant Eagle

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division exit Landing Zone Nelson after their parachute jump into the area during Exercise Gallant Eagle

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division parachute from C-141 Starlifter aircraft over Landing Zone Nelson during exercise Gallant Eagle

SGT Dennis Star, 82nd Airborne Division, is shown after his parachute jump into Landing Zone Nelson during Exercise Gallant Eagle

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division parachute from C-141 Starlifter aircraft over Landing Zone Nelson during exercise Gallant Eagle

Members of the 101st Airborne Division (air assault) 2/31st Field Artillery, as they row down the river in a rubber raft during a water field training exercise

A paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division descends into a smoke screen after his jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Exercise Gallant Eagle

A member of the 82nd Airborne Division is seen through stacked M-16A1 rifles as he takes a drink from his canteen at the end of a day of combat exercises taking place during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82

Cargo riggers from the 82nd Airborne Division prepare cargo for the Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) drops over Fort Irwin during exercise Gallant Eagle '82

Members of the 82nd Airborne Division aboard a C-141B Starlifter aircraft prepare for a jump during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division prepare to exit the landing zone in a jeep after their jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Exercise Gallant Eagle

Cargo riggers from the 82nd Airborne Division prepare cargo for the Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) drops over Fort Irwin during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82

A commander from the 82nd Airborne Division speaks with an injured paratrooper after his transfer from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft to a medical bus that will take them to the hospital at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The injuries occurred during Exercise Gallant Eagle airdrop in a California desert

Cargo riggers from the 82nd Airborne Division prepare cargo for the Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) drops over Fort Irwin during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82

A member of the 82nd Airborne Division observes the "enemy movements" through his binoculars during Exercise Gallant Eagle '82

A paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division is prepared for medical evacuation (medevac) aboard a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. The paratrooper was injured in a jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Exercise Gallant Eagle

82nd Airborne Division troops are given a briefing prior to boarding a C-130 Hercules aircraft after an exercise Gallant Eagle air drop

CPT Jim Danley, 82nd Airborne Division, uses a meter to check the wind direction after his jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Exercise Gallant Eagle

Injured members of the 82nd Airborne Division wait after their transfer from a C-141 Starlifter aircraft to a medical bus that will take them to the hospital at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The injuries occurred during Exercise Gallant Eagle airdrop in a California desert