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March 24, 1945

8th Air Force Insignia

On this 70th anniversary of Operation Varsity, I am pleased to unveil two projects I have been working on related to the use of B-24s to resupply the airborne troops who had just landed on the far side of the Rhine River. The mission was flown by 240 B-24 Liberators of the 8th Air Force. [...]

513th PIR Insignia

As mentioned in a previous post, Robert Capa jumped with the 513th PIR into Germany to cover Operation Varsity as a photojournalist for Life Magazine. The results of his embedded efforts were published in the April 23, 1945 issue of the magazine. Capa had no formal parachute training but he had allegedly previously jumped into [...]

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On the night of March 24, 1945, glider pilots of the 435th Troop Carrier Group, along with a few troopers from the 155th AT Battalion, were in a defensive position protecting one flank of the 17th Airborne’s divisional headquarters. Just after midnight, they were attacked by a large number of German infantry supported by at [...]

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8th Air Force Insignia

70th Anniversary of Operation Varsity

On this 70th anniversary of Operation Varsity, I am pleased to unveil two projects I have been working on related to the use of B-24s to resupply the airborne troops who had just landed on the far side of the Rhine River. The mission was flown by 240 B-24 Liberators of the 8th Air Force. [...]

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The Battle of Burp Gun Corner: Then and Now

On the night of March 24, 1945, glider pilots of the 435th Troop Carrier Group, along with a few troopers from the 155th AT Battalion, were in a defensive position protecting one flank of the 17th Airborne’s divisional headquarters. Just after midnight, they were attacked by a large number of German infantry supported by at [...]

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Germany: Defending the Rhine

Just after the war in Europe was over, the Office of the Chief of Military History, Special Staff, United States Army published a series of reports authored by former German officers. One report focused on airborne operations and provides some insight into the German perspective on both their own operations and those of the Allies [...]

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