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German and American paratroops walk to a meeting point after parachuting in to La Fiere drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. More than 600 paratroops from several nations participated in the drop.

German and American paratroops walk to a meeting point after parachuting in to La Fiere drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. More than 600 paratroops from several nations participated in the drop. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

German and American paratroops walk to a meeting point after parachuting in to La Fiere drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. More than 600 paratroops from several nations participated in the drop.

German and American paratroops walk to a meeting point after parachuting in to La Fiere drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. More than 600 paratroops from several nations participated in the drop. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Callum Roberts watches his brother, Cade, hug their dad, Lt. Cmdr. Jake Roberts, after he parachuted into La Fi??re drop zone near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration.

Callum Roberts watches his brother, Cade, hug their dad, Lt. Cmdr. Jake Roberts, after he parachuted into La Fi??re drop zone near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

French women decked out in World War II-era clothing pose for photographers following a 70th anniversary of D-Day  parachute drop near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

French women decked out in World War II-era clothing pose for photographers following a 70th anniversary of D-Day parachute drop near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

The sky over Normandy was filled with parachutes as more than 600 international troops, including more than 400 Americans, landed at La Fi??re drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

The sky over Normandy was filled with parachutes as more than 600 international troops, including more than 400 Americans, landed at La Fi??re drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Leslie P. Cruise Jr., an 82nd Airborne Division D-Day veteran, watches as paratroops drop in to La Fiere drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Leslie P. Cruise Jr., an 82nd Airborne Division D-Day veteran, watches as paratroops drop in to La Fiere drop zone in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

Staff Sgt. Bruce Nelson of the 82nd Airborne Division shakes hands with a French boy after parachuting into La Fi??re drop zone near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration.

Staff Sgt. Bruce Nelson of the 82nd Airborne Division shakes hands with a French boy after parachuting into La Fi??re drop zone near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014, in a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A string of paratroops floats down to earth after jumping from a C-130 airplane during a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. More than 600 troops, including more than 400 Americans, landed at La Fiere drop zone, marking the World War II battle there in 1944.

A string of paratroops floats down to earth after jumping from a C-130 airplane during a 70th anniversary of D-Day commemoration near Cauquigny, France, Sunday, June 8, 2014. More than 600 troops, including more than 400 Americans, landed at La Fiere drop zone, marking the World War II battle there in 1944. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

A C-130 flies over paratroops before dropping its own troops in Cauquigny, France, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The drop was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

A C-130 flies over paratroops before dropping its own troops in Cauquigny, France, on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The drop was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

A paratroop untangles a canopy as he jumps in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

A paratroop untangles a canopy as he jumps in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Re-enactors distribute water in Cauquigny, France, during a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Re-enactors distribute water in Cauquigny, France, during a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Spectators gaze upward as paratroops in Cauquigny, France, float to the ground during a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Spectators gaze upward as paratroops in Cauquigny, France, float to the ground during a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade march to the "Iron Mike" monument for a ceremony in Cauquigny, France, after a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade march to the "Iron Mike" monument for a ceremony in Cauquigny, France, after a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Spectators sit along a bridge in Cauquigny, France, to watch a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Spectators sit along a bridge in Cauquigny, France, to watch a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

More than 600 international paratroops, including over 400 Americans, jump in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014.

More than 600 international paratroops, including over 400 Americans, jump in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Spectators in Cauquigny, France, watch a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Spectators in Cauquigny, France, watch a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Airborne soldiers head to the meeting point after jumping in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Airborne soldiers head to the meeting point after jumping in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

Paratroops watch others parachuting to the ground in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Paratroops watch others parachuting to the ground in Cauquigny, France, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

D-Day veteran Conrad Lohoefer, a former flight engineer with the 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron, visits with a volunteer nurse in Cauquigny, France, after watching a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

D-Day veteran Conrad Lohoefer, a former flight engineer with the 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, 401st Bomb Squadron, visits with a volunteer nurse in Cauquigny, France, after watching a parachute drop commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sunday, June 8, 2014. (Joshua L. DeMotts/Stars and Stripes)

CAUQUIGNY, France — More than 600 American and allied paratroops jumped onto a field outside this tiny farming town in rural Normandy Sunday, re-creating a daylight version of the airborne invasion here 70 years ago.

German forces kept the Americans who jumped into this drop zone from achieving some of their objectives. But the battle was also marked by bravery. A memorial to Charles Deglopper, an 82nd Airborne Division soldier whose actions earned him the Medal of Honor, stands alongside the road near where the paratroops landed Sunday.

The airborne assault by more than 13,000 soldiers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions on June 6, 1944, enabled the success of the beach invasion by thousands of Allied ships and entire armies of troops hours later.

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