With these paratroopers came the unsung heroes, the medics. Some medics jumped with their fellow worriers carrying the bare medical equipment, others came by glider with extra supplies and even ambulance jeeps! Chaplains also accompanied the paratroopers and were protected by the Red Cross armband as being non-combatants.
Extra men and materiel was brought by glider. These Waco CG4A gliders could bring in a jeep or a 1/4 ton trailer, small artillery pieces or a 57mm anti-tank gun, and ammunition plus other supplies. Along with the supplies came the glider men of the 327th GIR, who were finally recognized for being just as aggressive as the parachute troopers.
Proving their mettle in Normandy, the boys were given the highly prized jump boots and a special glider badge for recognition, along with extra hazard pay. The first picture will prove that that hazard pay was rightfully earned!
The men flying these flimsy aircraft were 2nd lieutenants from the USAAF. Without special infantry training (unlike their British counterparts), these boys were left to themselves after hitting down. Clad in the M43 uniform (the trousers without the thigh pockets), they, too, were armed to the teeth.
Besides the numerous jeeps carried into combat, there was one odd little transportation vehicle used by the Airborne troops: The Cushman Scooter. This little motor driven bike was used for liaisons tasks or quick personal transport by whoever needed it. (I’m not saying it was used for joyrides!)
The PressWith the 101st Division jumped, or glided in, some personnel from the Signal Corps to document the actions of the 101st AB Division. These cameramen were issued the same combat suit as the troopers, but in addition to their personal weapons, they carried either a still camera or a movie camera. Usually they could be recognized by their “official cameraman” patch sewn on their right shoulder or lower right sleeve.
Picured here are some of the Krauts that were taken prisoner. The Germans were searched and than marched off to temporary prison cages.
The people of Holland were overjoyed by this sudden liberation. Suprised that that their liberators were American, the Dutch adopted the GI’s right on the spot and closed them in their hearts forever. Everybody wanted have their picture taken with these handsome young worriers, and the young Americans just couldn’t get enough of the polite kids, who all spoke English!
And, off course, the cigarettes and D-bars were very much appreciated!