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At exactly 2230 hours on Christmas Eve 1942, two Douglas C-47s loaded with paratroopers took off from Thelepte airfield outside Algiers. Suspended under the belly of each was a drop container holding 200 pounds of explosives. On board were 32 Americans from the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion and two French paratroopers who had been ordered to destroy the vital railroad bridge at El Djem, Tunisia. Meanwhile, Allied leaders redoubled their efforts to cut German supply lines. A primary target for American planes was the railroad bridge at El Djem, on the main northsouth coastal railroad line connecting the ports of Tunis and Bizerte with Rommel’s positions behind the Mareth Line. For weeks Allied aircraft tried to destroy what was believed to be a fragile bridge both with high-altitude bombing and low-level fighter attacks. Neither met with success. Frustrated, Allied planners decided that a demolition team parachuted into the vicinity of the bridge might have better luck Once on board, the men settled in and made final checks of their equipment. At 2230 hours, the transports lifted off. As the C-47s neared the objective, they began to descend, since most jumps were made from an altitude of no more than 1,000 feet in a combat situation. Just as they flew over the drop zone, Cochran and the pilot flying the second C-47 pulled a switch, and each 200-pound bundle of explosives dropped from the planes. As the parachutes on the containers deployed, the green lights came on inside each plane, alerting the paratroopers that it was time to jump.Guys im going to stop the narrative at this point because it would go to long, if your interested in the rest of the mission it gets good. Raid on Rommels RR.



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