US Green Berets honouring their WWII past just dropped into one of the world's most stunning places

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexis K. WashburnUS Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct an airborne operation near the island of Mont Saint Michel, Avranches, France on May 18, 2019.
  • 135 US Army paratroopers with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) jumped from three US Air Force MC-130J special mission aircraft into France this weekend.
  • These elite soldiers dropped into fields just outside the beautiful Mont Saint Michel, a centuries-old commune and French landmark.
  • The jump celebrated the 75th anniversary of the airborne operations conducted by the three-man “Jedburgh” teams that jumped behind enemy lines and trained local resistance forces prior to D-Day.
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More than one hundred Special Forces soldiers celebrated their World War II heritage this past weekend with a jump into the fields just outside the stunning Mont Saint Michel in France.

Here’s what it looked like.


135 US paratroopers with the US Army’s 10th Special Force Group (Airborne) jumped from three US Air Force MC-130J Commando II special mission aircraft.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin CooperU.S. Army Special Forces with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) leap out of an MC-130J aeroplane near Mont Saint Michel, France on May 18.

Source: US Special Operations Command Europe


The drop zone was two kilometers outside Mont Saint Michel, an ancient commune in Normandy that is one of France’s most impressive landmarks.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Avery CunninghamU.S. Army soldiers descend on a field outside Mont Saint Michel.

Source: US Special Operations Command Europe


The jump celebrated the 75th anniversary of jumps by three-man “Jedburgh” teams ahead of the Allied invasion of Normandy during WWII. Around 300 Allied troops dropped behind enemy lines to train and equip local resistance fighters.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Avery CunninghamU.S. Army soldiers descending on a field outside Mont Saint Michel.

Source: Stars and Stripes


The “10th SFG(A) draws [its] lineage from the Jedburghs. We’re celebrating their combined effort to liberate Western Europe with local forces,” a senior enlisted Soldier assigned to 10th SFG (A) said in a statement.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexis K. WashburnA paratrooper comes in for a landing.

Source: US Special Operations Command Europe


The history of the US Army Special Forces is tied to the Jedburgh teams. The 10th Special Forces were created in the early 1950s and forward deployed to Europe to counter the Soviet Union.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexis K. WashburnA Special Forces soldier carrying an American flag comes in for a landing.

Source: US Special Operations Command Europe


“Overall it was a great jump. It was smooth and went as planned,” one soldier who made the jump explained, adding, “It’s an outstanding experience to be able to honour the paratroopers who jumped into France during World War II.”

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alexis K. WashburnA US soldier collecting his parachute after landing.

Source: US Special Operations Command Europe


June 6 will mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the Allied spearhead into Europe to liberate territory from the Nazis.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Avery CunninghamA U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier packs his parachute.

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