Hundreds of Paratroops Re-Create 1944 D-DAY Airborne Assault

World leaders, including have flocked to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in WWII.More than 600 American and allied paratroops jumped onto a field outside this tiny farming town in rural Normandy today and yesterday, re-creating a daylight version of the airborne invasion here 70 years ago.Drawing huge crowds who braved hot weather and lined the historic landing area at La Fiere, the aerial spectacle re-enacted the drama of the Normandy landings and served to cap commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.The airborne assault by more than 13,000 soldiers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions on June 6, 1944, enabled the success of the beach invasion by thousands of Allied ships and entire armies of troops hours later.

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