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The Airborne on D-Day

The men of the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who, in the early hours of 6 June 1944, performed the most hazardous of military operations – the dropping of paratroopers into enemy territory at night. This hour-long presentation briefly reviews the reasons for selecting Normandy as the invasion site and the critical role played by American Airborne forces in its successful outcome.  Will focus upon individual paratroopers, who, off target, frequently lost, and lacking heavy weapons, denied the German occupying force the ability to counterattack the American amphibious landings. The captures of the key French towns of Ste-Mère-Église and Carentan are presented.

Date:
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Winnetka Lloyd Room
Campus:
Winnetka Library
Categories:
  Adult  
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Erin Collins

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