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Photo Special: 82nd Airborne assault the Netherlands

Seventy years after the 82nd Airborne Division air landed into Nazi-German held territory of the Netherlands, the modern-day successors to those troops showed how it would be done today, on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at the Maas river banks of Grave, near Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Like in 1944 the troops marked the taking of the strategic bridge during Operation Market Garden. Airheadsfly.com dedicated photographer caught the modern day air landing on camera. You can read all about why, here.

Present in Grave this Wednesday was also the only veteran that was part of the operation still alive, the 93-year old Clinton E. Riddle, who landed by glider back then. This is what he – and many other modern-day spectators – saw:

(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
Cool Spitfire supporting insertion of 82nd Airborne - two world's meet (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Cool Spitfire supporting insertion of 82nd Airborne – two world’s meet (Image © Dennis Spronk)
US Army 82nd Airborne Division redoes the assault on the Maas Bridge in Grave, near the Netherlands in Nijmegen (Image © Dennis Spronk)
US Army 82nd Airborne Division redoes the assault on the Maas Bridge in Grave, near the Netherlands in Nijmegen (Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
Flags of the nations (Image © Dennis Spronk)
Flags of the nations (Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)
(Image © Dennis Spronk)