This is one of the rare colour photos taken during "Operation Varsity". It shows US glider pilots on DZ-W near Flueren - they are waiting to be taken back across the Rhine after the fighting is over. I take particular interest in the colourful parachutes. They were part of the supply drop carried out on March 24th. The following is a quote from a US article published in 1945. "For identification purposes, canopies are made in various colors-red, green, blue, yellow, or natural. By establishing a color code, the type of supplies being delivered is easily determined by the color of the canopy. For instance, blue canopies might designate water, red canopies, ammunition, green canopies, rations, etc." ("Aerial Delivery of Supplies" by MAJOR RAYMOND C. ALTERMATT, Q.M.C., The Quartermaster Review, September-October 1945) What was the British approach to colour coding parachutes? Was this coordinated between 6th British Airborne and 17th US Airborne? Which colour designated which load during "Varsity"?