504th pir

On this day in history ……

Paratroopers of the US 82nd Airborne Division receiving a final briefing before embarking on ‘Operation Market Garden’, 17 September 1944.

Early in the afternoon of the 17th, the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division jumped on the drop zones at Groesbeek, Overasselt and Grave. Elements of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) jump from their C-47’s on Drop zone O (see map) minus Company E, which jumped on a special drop zone just west of the Grave bridge. Together they were assigned to capture the bridge. Elements of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment together with engineers from the 307th Airborne Engineers Battalion jumped on Drop zone N just south of Groesbeek. The 508th was assigned to Drop zone T, located just north-east of Groesbeek at the Wylerbaan. Main targets for the 82nd Airborne Division were; the bridges at Grave, Malden, Heumen, Hatert, Honinghutje and the ultimate goal, the Waal bridges (rail- and road bridge) at Nijmegen.

(Colorised by Johhny Sirlande from Belgium)

Staff Sgt. Alejandro Masis and Sgt. Graeme Axcell, paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, survey the battlefield from the crest of a hill during a squad-movement exercise March 24, 2013, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Both are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment