In Sept 2019 an Aberdeen veteran Para , Sandy Cortmann made his second jump aged 97, for the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the battle for Arnhem 1944. The British Parachute regiment and the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade jumped at Arnhem, and the 101st and 82nd US Airborne were tasked with securing the bridges between Eindhoven and Arnhem to clear the road for British XXX Corps Armour and Infantry with Canadian Engineers to advance from the south. The delay in taking the final bridge at Neijmegen, allowed German Panzers to counter attack which ended in tragedy for the Paras and Poles trapped on the wrong side of the Rhine . " A Bridge too far"
Th Dutch families at the commemoration sent him hundreds of thank you cards and children's drawings and the Aberdeen philatelic Society is hosting a mini exhibit in the City Central Library as a tribute to Sandy .
Here are 4 pages from a 64 page exhibit on 4 frames .
When Sandy made this second jump in tandem with a "Red Devil" it was of course in daylight this time. He described it as " Absolutely terrifying, a bloody long way down".
What must it have been like 75 years ago in the dark landing behind enemy lines ?
what ever it is , it's better than a poke in the eye from a wet umbrella!