History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

08 March, 2012

Parachute Training

Belgian and British paratroopers train. England, 1942, unless otherwise noted.

Trainees drop through this apparatus on command, to learn how to fall in an erect position. Source

A different version of jumping practice, this time in Egypt. Source

Jump exercises [I think the lines on this and a few other photographs are the photographer's marks on where to crop]. Source

Equipment isn't even needed. Source

A paratroop recruit jumps from a parachute tower. Source

Landing practice. Source

WAAF members who pack parachutes. Between them, these seven women have packed over 50,000 parachutes. 1944. Source

Trainees head off for the first practice jump, Egypt. Source

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