D-Day. The invasion began with 13,100 soldiers being dropped by parachute behind enemy lines in Normandy. All hell broke out as bad weather, fog and faulty navigators dispersed the troops widely. Still they fought bravely on and made a tangible difference to the success of the invasion.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower speaking with First lieutenant Wallace C. Strobel and men of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment on June 5, 1944. The placard around Strobel’s neck indicates he is the jumpmaster for chalk 23 of the 438th TCG. Strobel’s battalion was the first to drop into Normandy.