British troops collecting air-dropped supplies into the 'Admin Box' in Burma, February 1944
Photograph, World War Two, Far East, 1944.
Most supplies were despatched using an 18-feet cotton parachute which could support a load of 180 lbs. Different colours of parachute were used to indicate the nature of the load to the troops making the recovery on the ground.
From a collection of official photographs collected by Major General (later Lieutenant General) Sir Frank Walter Messervy.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study Collection