On the early morning of June 6th, 1944, U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions dropped out of the sky by parachute, landing in the countryside of Normandy, France, behind German lines to surround them from the rear in order to make way for the Allied amphimbious assualt that would land on the beaches of the Normandy in a few hours. Most of them, however, did not land in their designated landing zones. The wind scattered many of them throughout the French coutryside, where they landed in trees, roads, fields, and even on rooftops! Once on the ground, many soldiers could not find their own units, and paratroopers from different companys and regiments had to fight the enemy together.
My brothers and I enjoyed making these pictures; we got our best G.I. Joe paratroopers together, and one of us would toss up a parachute in the air with G.I. Joe attached, while another one of us would be standing below on the ground, snapping away on our camera. I hope you enjoy reading this post as much as we did making it.
A paratrooper steadily floats down after being dropped out of a U.S. paratrooper aircraft.
Heading torwards the ground About to land
The German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel flooded fields with water to make the French farmland a bad place for a landing zone in preparation for any airborne invasion. The Allies overcame this obstacle, however, and they were soon moving inland.