D-Day Remembered 74 years later through digital ‘reenactments’

Matt Saintsing
June 06, 2018 - 11:08 am

Photo Courtesy of National Archives

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Wednesday marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day, an ambitious multinational airborne and amphibious operation of epic proportions that aimed to turn the tide of World War II. To commemorate the date, several units posted “reenactments” using their social media accounts.

Nearly three quarters of a century in the making, the 315th and 437th Airlift Wings of Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and the 82nd Airborne Division took to twitter and Facebook to honor the allied forces who flew and fought on June 6, 1944. 

It all began the night before, in aircraft hangers with paratroopers doing their best to kill time before the massive invasion. 

General Matthew Ridgeway, then the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne, was to glide into Normandy in the first glider serial, but he had other plans. 

As paratroopers began boarding their aircraft for the jump of their lives, each man responded to the stress in their own way. 

And they're off! 

As troops rained hell from above, a Chaplain and Col. Cedric Hudgens prepared their serial for the unknown. And to motivate the warfighters. 

The mission of course a huge success, but it wasn't without some unexpected mishaps. 

Under the cover of night and fog, glider troopers are preparing to descend. 

And as troops were fighting their way through northern France, the aircraft that took them returned to the safety of England. 

Not everyone made it back, and the fighting really just began.