A 6-pounder anti-tank gun being loaded aboard a Horsa A soldier draws his parachute from stores No.2 Platoon, "A" Company, 8th Parachute Battalion, taken shortly before take-off Believed to be No.5 Platoon, "B" Company, 8th Parachute Battalion, shortly before take-off Officers of the 8th Parachute Battalion shortly before take-off

Men of the 8th Parachute Battalion preparing equipment beside their aircraft Paratroopers fitting their chutes before take-off Men fitting parachutes shortly before take-off Men of the 3rd Parachute Brigade at Chipping Ongar before take-off British paratroopers waiting to board their C-47

Glider tow ropes being prepared Hamilcar gliders with Halifax tugs before take-off Troops moving to board their Horsa gliders A group of airborne troops in the moments before boarding their Hamilcar glider A view from the cockpit of a Horsa on its way to the Rhine

A Horsa glider on its way to the Rhine, as seen from the rear turret of the towing Stirling Halifax and Horsa combinations pass over the French coast The aircraft carrying the 6th Airborne Division over Belgium Waves of C-47's, carrying parachutists, crossing the English Channel A Horsa glider crosses the Rhine

Dakota and Horsa combinations cross the Rhine Sergeant Greenly of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company