I'm taking a break from the "series within a series" this week for the (should be obvious) reason that today is the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy. (For those who simply must have more, the Daily Mail Online has more photos of those two birds here. Go, enjoy, I'll wait here...)
Now wasn't that grand?
|The Modern Typhoon|
|Old School Typhoon|
It started shortly after midnight on the 6th of June 1944, a Tuesday, when the Pathfinders started jumping from their C-47s to mark the drop zones for the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions on the western end of the invasion beaches and the British 6th Airborne on the eastern edge.
To goal was to seal off the beaches from German reinforcements.
In addition to the parachute drops, many troops came in via glider as well.
Men like these...
|General Dwight D. Eisenhower "Ike" and men of the 101st|
|British Paratroopers - The man third from the right in the back row was only 16.|
A volunteer. He did not make it. The Ex-Bootneck tells his story here.
They fought in the dark and, in some cases, confusion as not all the drops were successfully concentrated. They fought for places like Pegasus Bridge...
The men who landed by parachute and glider and those who followed them at dawn on the beaches at Utah, Omaha, Gold, Sword and Juno were up against some very tough opposition. Right from the start for some, building up slowly over the first few days for the rest of the invasion force.
|Waffen SS Infantryman|
|Panther with Panzergrenadiers|
Led by this guy...
|Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel|
A talented adversary.
But the troops got ashore after some hard fighting. It may not have been the end of the Third Reich...
But that was coming.
|German POW column in Italy, 1945|
|Celebration in London, 1945|