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Parachuting in WWII Was a Terrifying Experience

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Parachuting in WWII Was a Terrifying Experience

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In the early days of WWII, parachuting involved jumping through a narrow three-foot hole in the fuselage floor. Then soldiers had to pray their parachutes, linked to the aircraft by a strap, would open.

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The code name is Operation Biting, a planned British raid on Bruneval, in Nazi-occupied Northern France. The mission is to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines and capture a powerful German radar system, but there is an even greater goal to be achieved: show Hitler that they still have plenty of fight in them. But what the brave men of C Company are about to do has never been attempted before, and pulling it off will require sneaking past the very radar they are trying to capture.

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