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Title:PARATROOPERS OF THE 1ST AIRBORNE DIVISION PREPARE FOR TAKE- OFF [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 160-5
Description: Men serving with the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment chat among themselves, exchange jokes and have their last cigarette before donning their parachute packs as C-47 Dakotas belonging to the 9th US Troop Carrier Command start their engines in preparation for the flight from Grantham, Lincolnshire, to drop zones west of Arnhem in southern Holland.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Lewis, C M (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Parachute Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Parachute Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Airborne, 1 (regiment/service)
AP.A & Allied Airborne Corps 1 (regiment/service)
United States Army Air Force, 9th Troop Carrier Command (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, United States - transport: Douglas C-47 Dakota (object name)
operations, British military - preparation (object name)
society, British military - sustenance: cigarettes (object name)
Operation Market 1944, Operation Market Garden 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, UK (geography)
Notes: Note: The 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment was virtually annihilated during its attempts to break into Arnhem to join up with Lieutenant-Colonel Frost's 2nd Battalion at the bridge on the Rhine. The 1st Battalion's commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Dobie managed to escape from captivity. See with A70 160-1 and 6, 166-2, 168-1 and 2 and 169-5 and 6 and refer to footage relating to Operation "Garden".
Remarks: Best seen with items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'A Bridge Too Far' by Cornelius Ryan, 'Arnhem : A Case Study' by Maurice Tugwell and 'British Airborne Troops' by Barry Gregory.