‘They risked their lives to make France protected for paperwork:’ Fury at French immigration officers who made British parachutists present their passports after historic D-Day bounce in Normandy

The French penchant for paperwork has been roundly mocked after British paratroopers had been met by clipboard-carrying officers as they landed in Normandy for the eightieth anniversary of D-Day.

Footage exhibits troops being pressured to affix a Kafkaesque queue in a farmer’s discipline to point out passports and paperwork to ready customs officers as quickly as they touched down.

Politicians and the general public identified the absurdity of British troopers being made to point out their papers on the eightieth anniversary of the day they launched the liberation of France from the Nazis.

Former cupboard minister David Jones instructed MailOnline that France solely had management of its personal borders due to the arrival of comparable British troops 80 years in the past.

‘They risked their lives to make France protected for paperwork,’ he quipped.

In the meantime Brits declared it was a markedly completely different reception to that obtained by their forebears who dropped into northern France forward of D-Day, with one asking: ‘The place had been they in 1944?’

British paratroopers had been met by French customs officers as they landed in Normandy for the eightieth anniversary of D-Day

Five years ago 225 D-Day veterans travelled to Normandy for commemorations, this year there were just 23

5 years in the past 225 D-Day veterans travelled to Normandy for commemorations, this yr there have been simply 23

Other paras can be seen landing after jumping out of a plane to commemorate the Normandy landings while a queue forms in front of French customs officials

Different paras will be seen touchdown after leaping out of a aircraft to commemorate the Normandy landings whereas a queue varieties in entrance of French customs officers

It is a markedly different reception to that received by their forebears, who dropped into northern France ahead of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944

It’s a markedly completely different reception to that obtained by their forebears, who dropped into northern France forward of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944

Politicians and the public pointed out the absurdity of British soldiers being made to show their papers on the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Politicians and the general public identified the absurdity of British troopers being made to point out their papers on the eightieth anniversary of D-Day

One other joked that British troops ought to have merely jumped between 12 midday and 3pm when French officers had been out to lunch, whereas a 3rd added: ‘Vive la paperwork.’

Some 320 British, Belgian and US paratroopers took half within the bounce, descending right into a historic D-Day drop zone to recreate the occasions of 1944.

Nonetheless solely the 250 British paras had been required to point out passports because the US troopers jumped from inside France and Belgium is a part of the European Union.

Taking to Twitter, Tory councillor for Scotton and Decrease Wensleydale, Tom Jones, requested: ‘The place had been they in 1944?’

One other person commented: ‘By no means requested for my dad’s or my uncle’s passport 80 years in the past.’

The 250 British paratroopers took off from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, earlier than leaping into the drop zone close to Sannerville to commemorate the airborne invasion 80 years in the past.

Some 30 US and 40 Belgian troops additionally took half within the bounce, though US troops weren’t checked as they had been already in France.

At 1pm, the paratroopers launched themselves out of an Airbus A400M, touching down roughly eight minutes later in fields close to Sannerville – designated drop zone Okay on June 6 1944.

Some 320 British, Belgian and US paratroopers took part in the jump, descending into a historic D-Day drop zone to recreate the events of 1944

Some 320 British, Belgian and US paratroopers took half within the bounce, descending right into a historic D-Day drop zone to recreate the occasions of 1944

The Royal British Legion Band of Wales, from Llanelli, played Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again as the drop began

The Royal British Legion Band of Wales, from Llanelli, performed Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Once more because the drop started

At 1pm, the paratroopers launched themselves out of an Airbus A400M, touching down roughly eight minutes later in fields near Sannerville - designated drop zone K on June 6 1944

At 1pm, the paratroopers launched themselves out of an Airbus A400M, touching down roughly eight minutes later in fields close to Sannerville – designated drop zone Okay on June 6 1944

Social media users took to Twitter (X) to joke about the French love of officialdom and long lunches

Social media customers took to Twitter (X) to joke concerning the French love of officialdom and lengthy lunches 

The British Military’s 16 Air Assault Brigade despatched 250 paratroopers to the occasion, amongst whom was Sergeant Danny Mawson who wore a smock worn by D-Day paratrooper Color Sergeant Tommy Alderson.

The eighth Battalion Parachute Regiment had jumped behind enemy strains into fields simply west of Sannerville within the early hours of June 6, 1944.

Eighty years later, the paratroopers had a a lot hotter welcome. The Royal British Legion Band of Wales, from Llanelli, performed Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Once more because the drop started, with parachutists filling the air.

The wind prompted some to drop proper over the seated dignitaries and one needed to shout on the watching crowds as he got here down amongst them.

After touchdown and gathering up their parachutes, they made their solution to a border level arrange within the nook of a farmers discipline to point out their passports.

Brigadier Mark Berry, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade, instructed the Solar: ‘It’s one thing we’ve not skilled earlier than.

‘However given the Royal welcome we now have had from each different function, it looks as if a really small worth to pay for coming to France.’ 

Brigadier Berry was first out the door of the A400M transport aircraft that delivered the primary UK troops.

The British paras had been cheered by a whole lot of spectators who gathered on the drop zone round 5 miles from the ocean.

Lance Corporal Addy Carter, 22, a medic in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), became the first female paratrooper to jump into Normandy as she joined the commemorative jump

Lance Corporal Addy Carter, 22, a medic within the Royal Military Medical Corps (RAMC), turned the primary feminine paratrooper to leap into Normandy as she joined the commemorative bounce

French onlookers shouted ‘thanks’ and youngsters lined up for high-fives because the British troops walked previous.

Brigadier Berry paid tribute to the 23,000 airborne troops from Britain, America, Canada and different Commonwealth international locations who parachuted in behind enemy strains within the early hours of June 6, 1944, as a part of Operation Tonga.

They landed after midnight, simply hours earlier than the seashore landings began, with orders to destroy a gun battery and safe management of 4 key bridges, two which they captured and two they destroyed.

A fifth of the troops in Operation Tonga had been wounded and 821 misplaced their lives that day.

The British paratroopers were cheered by hundreds of spectators who gathered at the drop zone around five miles from the sea

The British paratroopers had been cheered by a whole lot of spectators who gathered on the drop zone round 5 miles from the ocean

Some 30 US and 40 Belgian troops also took part in the jump, although US troops were not checked as they were already in France

Some 30 US and 40 Belgian troops additionally took half within the bounce, though US troops weren’t checked as they had been already in France

5 years in the past, 225 D-Day veterans travelled to Normandy for commemorations, this yr there have been simply 23. The Royal British Legion has stated these ‘poignant commemorations might be our final alternative to host a big variety of Normandy veterans’.

Lance Corporal Addy Carter, 22, a medic within the Royal Military Medical Corps (RAMC), turned the primary feminine paratrooper to leap into Normandy as she joined the commemorative bounce.

Ms Carter, from Hay-on-Wye, Powys, described the bounce as ‘actually wonderful’. She stated: ‘I did not realise how many individuals can be right here to observe. I’m honoured and fortunate to have the ability to expertise it.’

She added that dropping into Normandy – the thirteenth bounce of her profession – had made the historical past of the paratroopers throughout D-Day ‘sink in much more’.

‘We’re clearly clued-up on our historical past however truly being right here in the identical DZ [drop zone] as they had been on is unbelievable,’ she instructed The Occasions.

Lieutenant Max Phillips, 25, of the third Battalion, Parachute Regiment, was following within the footsteps of his great-great uncle Main William Tighe-Woods, who landed at Sword Seashore on D-Day with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles.

Main Tighe-Woods was awarded the Navy Cross for main his firm to seize a German place close to Cambes, Caen, by means of a ‘terrific barrage of enemy mortar hearth’ that killed or wounded all his platoon commanders.

Lieutenant Phillips, of Hexham, Northumberland, instructed The Occasions: ‘He fought fairly laborious till he was blown up simply north of Caen and returned to the UK.’

The para, who had returned from a coaching train in Estonia solely final week when the chance to leap in Normandy got here up, added: ‘I could not flip it down. I’ve by no means been to Normandy earlier than and to come back and perceive what these guys went by means of, it is extremely humbling.’

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