August 14th 1944 U.S. Army ranger and agent for the office of strategic services 2nd LT Michael Taylor is waiting outside the office of his commanding officer. After a brief yet painful mind numbing wait Michael is allowed to meet with his commanding officer. Once he was inside he looked at the Colonel and he said "Sir 2ND LT Taylor reporting to the colonel as ordered!" The colonel returned the Lieutenant's salute and told him to stand at ease. Once he was at ease the Colonel began the mission briefing. "Lieutenant the Office of Strategic services has another mission for you. There is a small French town called Sophie and it is on the border between France and Germany and this town is in the path of the allied advance.
Unfortunately it is also loaded with German's so your mission is to parachute near the town of Sophie then you are going to make your way into the town and head for the bank, once your inside of the bank send a radio message back here then the allies will advance into the town and link up with you. Now this advance may take a while since there are a lot of German forces between our current position and the town so pack plenty of water ammunition and Tootsie chocolate candy.
One more thing during your journey to the town of Sophie and your journey to the town's bank you are to kill as many German's as you can now unless you have any questions of concerns you are dismissed."
Once the mission briefing was done Michael left the Colonel's office and he returned to his living quarters and got himself and his mission issued gear ready for the mission as he reviewed his combat load of mission gear he realized that some of it could be lost during the jump. So he decided to lighten his load while at the same time remaining as combat effective as possible.
He took the contents of the M1936 Musette bag and removed it then he put the bag aside. Then he laid the grenades and the 8 round enbloc ammunition clips for his m1 Garand neatly on his Army Cot and he decided that the grenades should be left behind so he could carry more ammunition for his Service Rifle.
So he turned in the grenades to the supply sergeant and obtained more rifle ammunition. Once that was done he decided to carry all of this ammunition the various pockets of his sanitized paratrooper uniform making sure to evenly distribute the ammunition among the pockets of course.
He also decided to carry just one radio battery for the radio, and to put all the water canteens on his belt before he boarded the C-47 transport plane. The decided to put the bag of tootsie roll candy, pocket knife and duct tape into one of the uniform chest pockets.
He would also make sure that the reserve parachute would be secured to his midsection just in case he needed to use it.
At Midnight on August 16th 1944 it was time for the mission, Michael carefully put on the follow pieces of gear, on his strong back the radio and its battery, main parachute.
The Rifle ammunition was put in his many uniform pockets, in his chest pockets he put the bag of tootsie roll chocolate candy, duct tape and Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Officers knife that he purchased at the PX.
The Water canteens were attached to his belt, now last but certainly not least he attached his reserve parachute on his midsection, once he had all of this equipment was attached to his body he made his way to the airfield where a C47 Transport Aircraft that was waiting for him.
After a prayer with the chaplain he boarded the plane and found a seat. After talking with the pilots and the Jumpmaster the pilots got into their seats and buckled the seat belts then they prepared for takeoff.
When those preparations where completed the piloted started up the plane's engines and once the planes had enough power the pilots taxied it down the runaway once the place had traveled down the entire runway the pilot pulled back on the controls and the plane was airborne. Once the plane was finally airborne Michael let out a sigh of relief.
A Few moments after the plane got airborne Michael reached under his steel helmet and he removed a small pocket sized photo Album that contained some family pictures. He looked through the small picture album a few times then he put it back inside his steel helmet for safe keeping.
When the Plane was near the drop zone the Jumpmaster told Michael to stand up and hookup the static line of his Main Parachute. Michael stood up and then hooked the static line of his main parachute.
Then he did an equipment check and worked his way to the jump door. Then watched the red light and he nervously waited for it to turn green which was the signal for him to Jump. When it finally did turn green Michael Jumped out of the C-47 transport plane his main parachute opened with a very big forceful jolt.
Then after several moments in the air he landed on the ground with a big thump, Michael quickly removed his main parachute and his reserve parachute gathered them up and hid them in a safe place. Then he unslung his M1 Garand retracted the charging handle and put an 8-round enbloc clip of ammunition into the rifle then he headed for the French town of Sophie.
The young man worked his way toward the French town of Sophie with extreme caution; he worked his way around several mine fields. When he encountered German troops he would kill them with a long range rifle shot to the head or the chest. When he got to the outskirts of town he saw an MG42 Machinegun nest.
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