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Drops and landings with intense antiaircraft fire and immediately surrounded the secured area with mobile antiairborne landing groups which attacked with machine guns, mortars, and artillery. Shortly after 0200, a division command post was established west of Ste-MereEglise. HQ personnel were augmented by predawn glider elements landing about 0410, and by further gliderborne increments during the day. HQ personnel from many gliders, which had landed in areas not secured by parachute troops, fought their way to the Division Command Post, into which they infiltrated during the first 48 hours.

Joining up with elements of the 4th Infantry Division, tanks and their own infantry driving up from the beach, the 325th fought its way towards Ridgway's positions. There the La Fiere Bridge was still in German hands and one battalion was sent to help the hard-pressed paratroopers fighting for its control. By the 8th the 82nd was in control of most of its area of operation, but still the bridge held out. 00hrs the Ist/325th began the assault. The fighting was fierce. During this action one platoon became cut off and was threatened with annihilation.

The Horsa they are about to board speaks of hasty reassignmentit displays very roughly applied invasion stripes and someone has marked out, but not had time to finish painting, a US 'star 'n' bar' cockade over the British roundel. The blue part of the insignia has been applied, probably sprayed with a stencil, but only a couple of brush strokes of white. (82nd Airborne Museum) Left: S09th drop into Southern France, August 1944. (via Bruce Robertson) Opposite page, Above: Horsa gliders loading for D-Day in England.

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