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This Paratrooper's Jump Into Enemy Territory Was a Disaster

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This Paratrooper's Jump Into Enemy Territory Was a Disaster

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For Easy Company paratrooper Buck Compton, the mission into occupied Normandy started off disastrously. It was his first ever combat jump and he'd lost his equipment bag on the way down, all with thousands of German bullets whizzing by.

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Hours before the most ambitious amphibious invasion in history, Douglas C-47s drop a small group of American paratroopers from Easy Company, the 101st Airborne Division, behind enemy lines. The mission: to take out four German howitzers about to assault Utah Beach. Witness the moments before the D-Day invasion through the perspective of the men carrying out this daring raid, including commanding officer Lieutenant Winters, whose remarkable improvised assault against a much larger force would make history.

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