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1944: Members of a parachute battalion have a well-earned cup of tea after a three day fight back to their own lines, Normandy - Found via The Passion of Former Days

Members of Parachute Battalion, Parachute Brigade, Airborne Division, enjoy a cup of tea after fighting their way back to their own lines near Ranville after three days behind enemy lines, 10 June 1944

Forrest Guth, Easy Company 2nd Battalion,506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

willingness -- leadership principles from an original member of the Band of Brothers (Forrest Guth) by guest author Marcus Brotherton.

Private Durston, 'A' Company, 9th Parachute Battalion at the Ecarde Crossroads below Amfreville, Normandy. The skull and crossbones denotes that he was a member of Lt Hugh Pond's glider for the assault on the Merville Battery.

Private Durston, 'A' Company, Parachute Battalion at the Ecarde Crossroads below Amfreville, Normandy. The skull and crossbones denotes that he was a member of Lt Hugh Pond's glider for the assault on the Merville Battery.

Poručíci Baudin a Lehman z 508. výsadkového pluku 82. výsadkové divize, oslavují  své osvobození po té, co byli Dne D zajati Němci. Francie, Picauville - Le Port Filiolet, červen 1944. After being captured by the Germans on D-Day,  Lieutenant Baudin and Lehman celebrate their liberation. 508th Paratrooper Infantry Regiment - 82nd Airborne Division.Picauville - Le Port Filiolet, France,July 1944.

After being captured in Normandy on D-Day, Medic Lt. Briand N. Beaudin and Lt. Paul E. Lehman both of Battalion, Parachute Infantry Regiment, Airborne Division celebrate their.

British riflemen aboard a jeep and trailer, driving off Landing ...

The Airborne Assault: Riflemen of Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, Airlanding Brigade, Airborne Division, aboard a jeep and trailer, driving off Landing Zone 'N' past a crashed Airspeed Horsa glider on the evening of 6 June

Utah Beach, June 6th 1944. A member of the 4th Infantry Division waits in a foxhole

Utah Beach, June A member of the Infantry Division waits in a foxhole, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Bob Slaughter was once described as perhaps the best-known D-Day Vet America. National media turned to him when they needed a first-person account of the Normandy invasion. At 6-foot-5, he was an imposing presence. By all accounts, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., which was dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and draws 75,000 visitors a year, would never have been built if not for Mr. Slaughter’s efforts. Mr. Slaughter, 87, died May 29 at a hospital in Roanoke. Hero!

Bob Slaughter, a Roanoke man who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day and later helped create the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., died May 29 at

Paratroopers of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion preparing for a patrol. January 15, 1945, Bande, Belgium.

Paratroopers of the Canadian Parachute Battalion prepping for a patrol in Bande, Belgium in January

Vickers machine gun crew of the 8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, 51st (Highland) Division, supporting an attack by the 154th Brigade; February 8, 1945.

Vickers machine gun of Battalion Middlesex Regiment, (Highland) Division, supporting an attack by Brigade, 8 February

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