A platoon of the Independent Company is briefed A platoon of the Independent Company is briefed Troops listening to a briefing Troops listening to a briefing Men studying a map during a briefing

Airborne soldiers loading a 6-pounder anti-tank gun aboard a Horsa Airborne soldiers hauling a 6-pounder anti-tank gun aboard a Horsa Soldiers loading a Jeep aboard a Horsa glider A Jeep trailer is manhandled into a waiting Horsa on an airfield Folding bicycles being loaded aboard a Horsa

The pathfinders and Advance parties arrive at RAF Harwell Stirlings waiting for the First Lift at RAF Keevil Paratroopers drinking tea and eating sandwiches in the hours before take-off Paratroopers drinking tea and eating sandwiches in the hours before take-off Men of the 5th Parachute Brigade HQ

Paratroopers applying camouflage cream before take-off Paratroopers applying camouflage cream Paratroopers applying camouflage cream to their faces Lieutenant Bob Midwood applying camouflage cream Bob Stoodley strapping on his helmet

Sergeant Jack Long applies camouflage cream Pathfinders preparing for take-off Paratroopers waiting and applying camouflage cream to their faces Men of Divisional Signals packing a carrier pigeon A group of paratroopers are amused to inspect each other's new sleeveless jump suits

A heap of parachutes wait for their owners beside an Albemarle Members of a parachute field ambulance sharing cigarettes with their aircrew Gunners of the 3rd Anti-Tank Battery beside their Hamilcar glider prior to take-off Paratroopers playing cards before take-off Men of the 4th Anti-Tank Battery drinking tea before take-off

Four officers of the Independent Company synchronise watches Men of the Independent Company emplaning Paratroopers emplaning on the 5th June Paratroopers in good cheer en-route to Normandy Major-General Gale's Horsa glider, shortly before take-off

Horsa gliders on LZ-N Major-General Gale's Horsa glider on LZ-N A crashed Dakota of 48 Squadron An aerial photograph of DZ-K