The 6th Airborne Division was an airborne infantry division of the British Army. It was formed in World War II, in 1943, and despite its name, was actually only the second of two airborne divisions raised by the British Army during the Second World War with the other being the 1st Airborne Division.
The division's first mission was Operation Tonga on 6 June 1944, D-Day, part of the Normandy landings, where it was responsible for securing the left flank of the Allied invasion Operation Overlord.
The division remained in Normandy for three months before being withdrawn in September. While still recruiting and reforming in England, it was mobilised again and sent to Belgium in December 1944, to help counter the surprise German offensive in the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge. Their final airborne mission followed in March 1945, Operation Varsity, the second Allied airborne assault over the River Rhine.
Arrived European Theatre of Operations 6 June1944