The day the earth trembled from the thunder of the guns, both at sea and ashore. What some remember and others do not, was that the near dawn landings on the beaches were not the first combat actions of the day. The first actions of that day were already being carried out by approximately 17,000 brave paratroopers. These young men jumped and glided into a fire storm of lead and steel several hours before the beach landings to begin the bloody process of removing a well entrenched enemy from defenses they had almost 5 years to put in place. With only the equipment they had on their backs.
Hampered by missed drop-points of several miles in many cases, preventing units from grouping according to plan.
This is why I have such great love of the Airborne units, they didn't let a little thing like heavy enemy fire and the failure of "Leadership's Plan A" ruin their plans. Their plan was simple and always has been. "Jump" and if you survive that "Kill, by any means available". Which is why we call the paratroopers -
Death From Above
God-speed Commandos. Thank you.