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For the time being a consensus was eventually reached, and planning for Operation Overlord went into the final stages. Gavin rejoined the division on 6 February. D-Day plans There were a number of possibilities considered, including the extremes of ~n airborne assault on Paris (which would be held until a link up with the sea-borne invasion force) and dropping the troops directly on the coastal defences at the 30 IN ACTION 31 SPEARHEAD: 82ND AIRBORNE Above: Gavin briefing officers for a jump. The photo was taken in England prior to D-Day-the carefully posed group appear to be in a British Nissen hut, prefabricated building built largely from corrugated iron sheets.
Taken by the CO of the 439th (the wing of whose C-47 can be seen) the picture is made more interesting as everyone on the aircraft is known. 1-Lt Melvin Ullrick led the stick which consisted of S/Sgt oel E. Morrison, Sgt William Kero, TIS Russel S. Anderson, Pfcs Garo Kirkorian, Raymond H. Slocum, Carmen]. Western and Pvts Alexander S. emeth, Robert R. Freel, Joseph E. Jobora, Hutchel B. Stansbury, Raymond H. Geroux, James W. Pembleton and Howard Miller. The aircraft was piloted by 1-Lt Henry L.
His response was an uncharacteristically daring plan. An 'airborne carpet' was to be laid from Eindhoven to Arnhem with the objective of capturing vital bridges and securing a route for the British XXX Corps which would drive rapidly to cross the Rhine at the last one, Arnhem. Speed was of the essence, which made the plan risky. During the planning Browning is reputed to have made the famous comment about the attempt on Arnhem possibly being 'a bridge too far'. The airborne part of the operation was to be Operation Market, whilst the ground assault became Operation Garden.
82nd Airborne Division. ’’All American’’ by Mike Verier