Paratroopers from 3rd BN, 506th PIR before the Churchill Demonstration Jump
Top Row (L-R): Jumpmaster
Robert Webb (#10, HQ, 3rd BN); LT John
The transport gliders in the background are HORSAs
(wingspan 88 feet; length 67
|From the reviewing stand,
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister;
GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander;
LTG Omar N. Bradley, U.S. First Army Commander;
MG Maxwell D. Taylor, 101st Airborne Division Commander;
BG Don F. Pratt, Assistant Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (KIA D-Day); and
BG Anthony C. McAuliffe, Deputy Commander of the 101st Airborne Division,
witness a jump demonstration put on by the 2nd BN, 3rd BN, and REGT HQ Company
of the 506th PIR and the 377th FA BN.
|British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
and Supreme Allied Commander GEN Dwight D.
Eisenhower inspect equipment of the 1st BN of the 506th PIR, which had been chosen to be the
inspection troops while the 2nd BN and 3rd BN of the 506th PIR jumped.
After the inspection, the Prime Minister called the 1st BN
Currahee troopers to gather round him and told
them how much would be expected of them in the forthcoming
invasion. At this time, the men who were to do the jumping were
going thru the usual "sweat-out" period.
This was the final practice jump before combat.
Text from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945