US Green Berets honoring their WWII past just dropped into one of the world's most stunning places
Ryan PickrellMay 20, 2019, 23:58 IST
.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct an airborne operation near the island of Mont Saint Michel, Avranches, France on May 18, 2019.U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexis K. Washburn
135 US Army paratroopers with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) jumped from three US Air Force MC-130J special mission aircraft into France this weekend.
These elite soldiers dropped into fields just outside the beautiful Mont Saint Michel, a centuries-old commune and French landmark.
The jump celebrated the 75th anniversary of the airborne operations conducted by the three-man "Jedburgh" teams that jumped behind enemy lines and trained local resistance forces prior to D-Day.
135 US paratroopers with the US Army’s 10th Special Force Group (Airborne) jumped from three US Air Force MC-130J Commando II special mission aircraft.
The drop zone was two kilometers outside Mont Saint Michel, an ancient commune in Normandy that is one of France's most impressive landmarks.
The jump celebrated the 75th anniversary of jumps by three-man "Jedburgh" teams ahead of the Allied invasion of Normandy during WWII. Around 300 Allied troops dropped behind enemy lines to train and equip local resistance fighters.
The "10th SFG(A) draws [its] lineage from the Jedburghs. We’re celebrating their combined effort to liberate Western Europe with local forces," a senior enlisted Soldier assigned to 10th SFG (A) said in a statement.
The history of the US Army Special Forces is tied to the Jedburgh teams. The 10th Special Forces were created in the early 1950s and forward deployed to Europe to counter the Soviet Union.
"Overall it was a great jump. It was smooth and went as planned," one soldier who made the jump explained, adding, "It’s an outstanding experience to be able to honor the paratroopers who jumped into France during World War II."
June 6 will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the Allied spearhead into Europe to liberate territory from the Nazis.