Allied Airborne Army Parachutes in Holland; Second World War
Aerial photograph showing parachutes of the Allied Airborne Army floating down to earth and discarded ones, after landing, in Holland, September 1944. On 17th September 1944 Operation 'Market Garden' was put into action; a bold plan devised by Field-Marshal Montgomery to drop thousands of airborne troops into Holland to capture an invasion route into Germany. The British First Airborne, American 81st and 101st Divisions took part in the plan, which was ultimately unsuccessful.
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Garnerin descending in his parachute, Paris
Garnerin descending in his parachute, with his discarded balloon on the left. Claimed to be the first to descend from a balloon by means of a parachute. Although parachutes had for a long time been used for the purpose of sending down cats and dogs from balloons to amuse the crowds, it was not until this date that Garnerin cut himself away from his hydrogen balloon (seen on the left) over Paris at 3, 000 feet, and descended safely.
22 October 1797
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Robert Cocking's parachute descent above the Vauxhall Gardens, London. Dropped from Charles Green's Royal Vauxhall the inverted cone failed and Cocking hit the ground fatally
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