Saturday, September 20, 2003

Parachutists We joined the remembrance of the 1944 paratroopers landings. This remembrance took place on the Ginkelse Heide (Ginkelís Heath). The second lift with the 4th Parachute Brigade under command of brigadier John W. Hackett landed on this heath land. Because of the fog in England the landings took place after 3 pm.
The remembrance started with a lot of parachutists landing on the heath. There are also a few veterans who still make a jump every year. It is very beautiful to see so many parachutists together in the air. It also gives an idea how it looked like in 1944 when the parachutists and planes were all over the sky.
Most of the parachutists still use the same kind of not navigable parachutes as were used in 1944. Not everything went completely well this time. A few sticks jumped too early and landed in the trees too close to the crowd. It gave us the opportunity to make some nice pictures.


Parachutists jumping out of the airplane Parachutists Parachutists The landing
Parachutists jumping out of the airplane Parachutists Parachutists The landing
This parachutist landed close to the people Put away the parachute after the landing Put away the parachute Put away the parachute
And back to the others The musicians The musicians The musicians
The musicians The musicians The conductor
One of the airplanes One of the airplanes One of the airplanes A dakota
The Dutch army The Dutch army The Dutch army
A halftrack A jeep A jeep A jeep
A jeep A jeep A jeep A jeep
Monument for the airlanding Monument for the 4th Parachute Brigade A copper eagle on the monument