Just been reading "Assault Division" by Norman Scarfe about 3rd British Division.On page 231 is an interesting passage about The Rhine crossings that made me chuckle .....the Americans of 17th US Airborne Division,who were "moving down the road in a varied collection of jeeps, saloon cars, captured 3-tonners,horses and carts, with one original soul in a mechanical invalid chair. Others were travelling on the Guards' tanks and denied variety in transport, had satisfied their egos with top hats, umbrellas and other tasteful items of civilian dress. They were all in high spirits, following their sucessful air-landing...As they passed through our harbour area we had the first of many opportunities to watch them in action. Top-hats or no top-hats, their fighting ability was of a very high standard. The Para in the invalid chair made we laugh out loud when I read that. Anyway been Googling away at 17th Airborne sites and learnt they were based up the road from me in Chiseldon. My in-laws live there. Been around the old camp many a time. http://www.ww2-airborne.us/18corps/17abn/17_overview.html Some good info out there on them but it's far more fun to see what other members can dig up about the 17th US Airborne. They are now my "favourite" US Division because of the local connection. More so than the 101st who were based up the road a bit further in Aldbourne and the surrounding area. Of the US Airborne units, who served in NW Europe, I think this one is the forgotten one. Let's see what you come up with.