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The fellow who penned the attached article was a seasoned war correspondent who lucidly laid out why Operation Market Garden was such a disaster (and the censors let him) and why the next ambitious Allied parachute assault, Operation Varsity, would be different. Reminiscing about all that he saw of the famed parachute jump beyond the Rhine prior to being forced to turn-tail and bail out over English-occupied Belgium, he observed:

"...the C-46s come in and apparently walk into a wall of flak. I could not see the flak, but one plane after another went down. All our attention was on our own ship. It could blow up in mid-air at any moment. From the pilot's compartment came streams of stinging smoke."

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Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

Operation Varsity: The Last Parachute Drop of the War (Collier's Magazine, 1945)

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