A SERVICE of remembrance will take place to commemorate those who fought during the largest successful airborne operation in history.

Operation Varsity was an Allied airborne assault over the Rhine River on March 24 1945.

The daring collaboration between British and American Airborne divisions played a vital role in the final assault on Germany.

A total of 43 gliders were flown from Earls Colne Airfield which formed part of the aerial armada, which included 1,300 British and American gliders.

The 74th anniversary of Operation Varsity will be remembered at Marks Hall Estate in Coggeshall on March 24.

This annual service is organised by the trustees and staff of the Marks Hall Estate.

A service of remembrance will be taking place at 10.45am at the memorial site in the grounds and following a two minute silence there will be the opportunity to lay a wreath.