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By John Leicester The Associated Press

American, British veterans recreate D-Day parachute drops

CARENTAN, France — Parachutists are jumping over Normandy again, just as soldiers did 75 years ago for D-Day ‚Äî but this time without being shot at.

With the throb of their engines rumbling through cloudy skies, C-47 transport planes in World War II colours dropped jumpers with round canopies reminiscent of those used by airborne forces in 1944.

D-Day joy, hell for civilians told anew with virtual reality

CAEN, France — The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet and intense that the French refugees burst into song, a spontaneous rendition of “La Marseillaise” that echoed around the underground network of dank, dark tunnels where they had been sheltering for weeks since D-Day, amid filth, fleas and the rumble of bombs.