Airborne Soldiers from around the world gathered in Normandy, France last month for the Anniversary of the Allied airborne drops that spearheaded the invasion on that “longest day” 70 years ago.  Rangers travelled to Normandy and jumped from a Dakota onto the sacred ground of Normandy’s drop zones…

In this video we see some of the 68 Swedish Army Para Rangers, age 23 to 64, doing refresher training in Sweden and then jumping in Normandy to honor the airborne soldiers who fought for freedom all those years ago.  For many of these guys, this was their first jump in more than 30-40 years.  The Dispatcher (‘Jumpmaster’ in American jargon) seen in the video is the legendary Ian Marshal – of the Pathfinder Parachute Group.

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(hat tip to Alex Moodie)