Parachutes open as waves of paratroops land in Holland during operations by the 1st Allied Airborne Army in Sept 1944. Operation Market Garden was the largest airborne operation in history, with some 15,000 troops landing by glider and another 20,000 by parachute.
TODAY IN HISTORY. September 17, 1944 - “D-Day” for Operation Market Garden. The initial assault includes 415 planeloads of paratroopers from the 501st, 502nd and 506th Parachute Infantry Regiments and 70 CG-4A gliders carrying units of the Division Headquarters, the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, and three artillery battalions. These landings occur near Veghel and Son. Subsequent glider-borne serials are delayed by weather, but follow in the days ahead. (AE)