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Well guys Cpl. Wirzburger, assistant squad leader to 1st Squad, is moving out west. He was and still is a great reenactor and a great friend. We wish him luck and whatever new unit he plans on joining. Have fun at D-Day Ohio Tim and good luck!

Glider infantry of the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, of the 6th Airlanding Brigade, 6th Airborne Division, in Normandy 1944. D Company of the Ox and Bucks led by Major John Howard captured the Orne River and Canal bridges in the first minutes of D-Day. Their tenacity and courage paved the way for the seaborne troops to come ashore.
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In my last post I posed a question to you all as @youssefossama1 had asked if I thought the German Fallschirmjäger and US Airborne troops were of equal caliber. Feedback was mixed, so here is my answer.
Both sides Airborne units were elite formations of well trained and brave men. The German Fallschirmjäger were employed in smaller numbers than in allied Airborne operations. They performed very well in the earlier days of the war capturing Fort Eben-Emael, a Belgian fortress whose strategic position and strong artillery emplacements dominated several important bridges over the Albert Canal. They fought hard again in Crete. After Crete they were used in more of an infantry role, this took away their ability to surprise their enemy and operate behind enemy lines. As the war lengthened and became a battle of attrition, the veteran Fallschirmjäger became fewer and they were replaced with regular infantry or Luftwaffe personnel who did not receive the elite Airborne training that their comrades did. The US Airborne troops were well trained, well led and given more ability to make decisions on the ground. This empowered squad and platoon leaders and gave their units more ability on the battlefield. Although the US Airborne troops were typically outgunned by the Fallschirmjäger and other German troops the Troopers employed their training and used their initiative to overcome German strength. The use of US Airborne units in mass drops for operations that opened up corridors for support and supplies were largely effective (Market Garden being the exception, although the US performed well the operation overall stalled). Overall I believe the men of the US Airborne and German Fallschirmjäger units were probably on par, the use of these units on the battlefield was the biggest difference and I believe the US to be the superior Airborne force in WW2. I hope that answers your question @youssefossama1
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A follower @youssefossama1 asked if I thought the German Fallschirmjäger and US Airborne troops were as effective as each other. I thought I would ask you all the question before I answer it myself in the next post... so, where the Fallschirmjäger and US Airborne troops equally effective? Or was one superior to the other? Comment to answer.
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Member of the 101st Airborne check their equipment before boarding a C-47 for a drop behind enemy lines.
It blows my mind sometimes when I look at photos of these men and consider putting myself in their position. I’ve faced and overcome some extreme challenges in my life and I know it takes so much strength to do that. Knowing what these men often didn’t know what lay ahead of them I don’t think anyone can underestimate the courage of these men.
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A British Airborne medic attends this temporary grave and pays his respects to Trooper William Edmond of 1st Airborne Reconnaissance. Edmond was killed in his units fight with Battalion Krafft, East of Wolfheze Station in Holland on the afternoon of 17th September 1944. Trooper Edmond is now Buried at the CWGC Cemetery in Oosterbeek Holland.
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A few clear pictures of me during our week in Normandy
(2/9 June 2018).
If you have questions just send me a message
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Captain George Lage (circled in red) and his team of medics, fellow paratroopers, and surgeons of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment "Strike", 101st Airborne, pose for a photograph outside of a house they made into an aid station in Holdy, Normandy, France, June 6-11th, 1944. Captain Lage was a frontline surgeon for the 502nd PIR Pathfinders on D-Day but, as thousands of paratroopers were scattered he quickly became a surgeon for paratroopers from different companies, regiments, and even divisions. Captain Lage and his team saves countless of lives in the days following D-Day. In fact, so many men had gone through the aid station that the walls were sticky with blood. Captain Lage was shot in the chest during Operation Market Garden on Septmeber 18th, 1944. This was his "million dollar wound", which allowed him to return to the USA. In civilian life Lage was a gynecologist and lived a happy and prosperous life. Here are the brave men in the photo from left to right, top row; Captain George Lage, Staff Sergeant John Durka who was killed in action shortly after this photograph was taken, Leroy Reitz, James T. Milne (wearing goggles), and then an unknown paratrooper. Bottom row: Fred "Oakie" O'Connell, James Learnard, and another unknown paratrooper. Staff Sergeant John Durka had been killed while evacuating wounded men from 2nd Battalion, 502nd PIR, under Colonel Cole. Cole's men had been bogged down on an exposed causeway that would later be known as "Purple Heart Lane." It was around 7:00 pm on June 11th, when an artillery shell whistled in, landing just behind Durka. He was thrown to the ground, gasped twice, and was dead when the stretcher arrived just seconds later. A colleague of his, Captain Blatt, who witnessed his death had said it hit him very hard since he was such a fine man. Source on his death: "Rendezvous With Destiny: A History of the 101st Airborne." CONTINUED DOWN BELOW IN THE COMMENTS! #ww2 #worldwar2 #wwii #color #kodachrome #kodak #film #normandy #france #1944 #101stairborne #101st #502ndpir #vintage

A great picture captured as members of the 504th PIR prepare to fire an 81mm mortar during the fighting in Italy in September 1943. The Italian campaign saw a high level of attrition in the 504th. They were withdrawn back to England in March 1944 and without adequate replacements they were held back in England unable to take part in the D-Day landing on June 6th.
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