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US 173rd Airborne Train With German And Italian Paratroopers

[© NATO Multimedia]

US Paratroopers from 173rd AB train in airborne operations with German and Italian armed forces in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains.

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“One, two, three, jump!” German, Italian and US paratroopers drop side-by-side in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy.

US paratroopers deployed in Italy recently conducted training jumps with their German and Italian counterparts. About 800 paratroopers from the US Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Italian Army’s 4th Alpini Paratroopers Regiment and the German Army’s 26th Airborne Regiment performed several jumps over a drop zone in northern Italy.

These airborne operations saw paratroopers exiting the US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft. Following jump operations, Allied soldiers exchanged jump wings and airborne badges belonging to their country, a cherished tradition among paratroopers. Airborne operations is a demanding discipline, requiring constant training to verify skill and safety. Jumping alongside NATO Allies allows paratroopers to familiarise themselves with how they operate with other Allied soldiers.

[© NATO Multimedia and 173rd Airborne Brigade PAO]

This NATO Multimedia and US Army footage, shot on 16th November and released yesterday, includes shots of German, Italian and US paratroopers conducting jump operations.

Shot list:-

  • 00:00 ~ Italian paratroopers inspect their rigs before takeoff
  • 00:03 ~ A US jump master inspects a German paratrooper’s rig before takeoff
  • 00:07 ~ A US jump master inspects a German paratrooper’s rig before takeoff
  • 00:08 ~ A US jump master inspects a US paratrooper’s rig before takeoff
  • 00:15 ~ A US jump master inspects an Italian paratrooper’s rig before takeoff
  • 00:32 ~ A US jump master inspects a US paratrooper’s rig before takeoff
  • 00:40 ~ US and Italian paratroopers walk to the flight line
  • 00:53 ~ US and German paratroopers walk to the flight line
  • 01:02 ~ US and Italian paratroopers boarding a US C-130 transport aircraft
  • 01:06 ~ US and Italian paratroopers boarding a US C-130 transport aircraft
  • 01:11 ~ US paratrooper sitting inside C-130
  • 01:14 ~ A US jump master opens the side door on a C-130 transport aircraft and gives hand signals
  • 01:26 ~ US and German paratroopers exiting door of a US C-130
  • 01:32 ~ US paratroopers exits the US C-130 transport aircraft
  • 01:52 ~ paratrooper exits aircraft and lands
  • 02:31 ~ US jump master closing the side door on a C-130 transport aircraft
  • 02:34 ~ US c130 transport aircraft flying overhead
  • 02:43 ~ US and German paratroopers jumping from a C-130 over Drop Zone Juliet in northern Italy
  • 03:18 ~ US and German paratroopers landing in a field
  • 03:00 ~ US and Italian paratroopers jumping from a C-130 over Drop Zone Juliet in northern Italy
  • 03:10 ~ US and Italian paratroopers landing in a field
  • 03:13 ~ US paratrooper landing in a field
  • 03:17 ~ US and German paratroopers landing in a field
  • 03:21 ~ US and Italian paratroopers jumping from a C-130
  • 03:28 ~ slow motion – US and Italian paratroopers jumping from a C-130
  • 03:45 ~ US paratrooper landing in a field
  • 03:55 ~ slow motion – US paratrooper landing in a field
  • 04:06 ~ US paratrooper landing in a field
  • 04:21 ~ Two US paratroopers landing in a field
  • 04:31 ~ US and Italian paratroopers jumping from a C-130
  • 04:33 ~ US paratrooper landing in a field
  • 04:36 ~ slow motion – US paratrooper landing in a field
  • 04:45 ~ A US paratrooper packs her parachute after landing
  • 04:52 ~ An Italian paratrooper packs his parachute after landing
  • 04:57 ~ slow motion – US and Italian paratroopers walking together after landing
  • 05:07 ~ US and Italian paratroopers walking together after landing
  • 05:10 ~ slow motion – US and Italian paratroopers walking together after landing
  • 05:22 ~ US and Italian paratroopers exchange patches after landing
  • 05:36 ~ A US soldier puts wings on an Italian paratrooper at a wings exchange ceremony
  • 05:41 ~ A German officer puts wings on a US paratrooper
  • 05:58 ~ US paratroopers dropping at sunset
  • 06:06 ~ slow motion – US paratroopers dropping at sunset
  • 06:21 ~ slow motion – US paratroopers walking across a field

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