A Brief Summary of People who Influenced Early Parachuting

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The idea for a parachute started with Leonardo da Vinci in the fifteenth century. He sketched a man sized parachute (with man in mind) even though no one had ever flown. He visualized it as a tool to escape from tall buildings and structures. The dimensions he calculated as necessary to safely land a person 300 years before a parachute …

James Hill’s Military Parachuting History on D-Day – The Final Chapter

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Just then, the head doctor of the division turned to me and seized my collar saying, “I’m taking you off to the dressing station to have an operation.” Clearly, I was not happy and was quite honestly, very unwilling. However, the doctor assured me that he would personally escort me back to brigade headquarters at the conclusion of my operation. …

James Hill’s Account of D-Day Experiences – Part Three

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On the night of D-Day, we found ourselves four and a half feet under water, left stranded in a flooded valley. Things could have been worse on account of the 60 pounds of equipment we lugged on our backs. In fact, our pilots weren’t even trained to drop paratroops. Just weeks before they were assigned to do so, after years …

Military Parachuting History – James Hill’s Account of D-Day – Continued

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Before taking off for the Operation Overlord, the 3rd Brigade had to keep themselves in shape, or as James Hill put it, in “top form.” From January 1943 to June 1944, they prepped for the inevitable Normandy Invasion. Joining the action, they even had parachuting dogs. Paratroops had to be trained to handle Alsatian messenger dogs. The dogs were given …

Military Parachuting History – D-Day Invasion – Part One!

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James Hill was a British army officer. He was born on March 14, 1911. He went to Sandhurst in 1929. Afterwards he decided to get into the family business, but he was selected to serve when World War II broke out in 1939. Hill commanded the 3rd Parachute Brigade, which was in the 6th Airborne Division. The brigade was designed …