September 4, 2003


An extremely rare shot of the very first of the 82nd Airborne
Division paratroopers on their way to a training jump in Northern
Ireland. Note the very unusual camouflage on the then-new
paratrooper helmets. This is most likely the 505th Parachute
Infantry Regiment. The 504th PIR was left in Italy when the
remainder of the division deployed to Northern Ireland
at the time this photo was taken in November 1942.