Paratroopers fill skies over Normandy to recreate historic D-Day landings
Nearly 900 European and American paratroopers filled the skies over Normandy in northern France on Sunday as part of the weekend’s commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Hailing from France, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Poland, Czech Republic and Italy, the paratroopers jumped above thousands of spectators.
During the night of 5 June 1944, close to 13,350 American soldiers on board 800 aircrafts dropped from the sky and landed in six areas nearby Sainte-Mère-Église, according to AFP news agency.
The following day, close to 4,000 soldiers arrived on gliders.
A total of 156,200 Allied soldiers landed in Normandy for the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.