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Re: Was it the Triple Nickel?
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3 airborne units dropped on areas beyond the Normandy Beaches, on 5th June 1944. These units were the 101st Airborone Division, 82nd Airborne Division and the British 6th Airborne. None of theses units were intergrated. And the British had no Colonial Airborne units,(units comprised of soldiers of color from countries under British rule or countries that were a part of the British Common wealth, ie; the Ghurkus)that operated during that time period. However the 7th Armoured Divisions did operate in the area of Chartes, France. There were Black maintenance and supply units that did servce the 7th Armour. Also many of the Airborne Pathfinders from both the 82nd and the 101st who parachuted ahead of the main airborne force, wore heavy face camouflage. This face paint consisted of oil or black charcoal applied to the face, hands and any other exposed areas of the skin.