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Le 509th PIR en Afrique du Nord

Battles 08/11/2022

Operation Torch: the first american paratrooper deployment during World War II

On November 8th 1942, Operation Torch, which would become the first deployment of American paratroopers on the field, namely the 2nd Battalion, 509th PIR, in Tafaraoui, near Oran, in Algeria,...

Portraits 30/10/2022

William "Billy" Mitchell, pioneer of the US Airborne

L’armée américaine est la première à avoir pensé à se doter d’une Air Infantry et ce, dès 1918. Le Brigadier-General William “Billy” Mitchell suggère de retirer du...

Battles 23/10/2022

The world record of speed group jump, and Emile Bouétard, first french man to die on D-Day

The day is october 23rd. On this day in 1943, a group of French SAS paratroopers of the Free France, led by lieutenant Pierre Marienne, made history: as part of a jump meant to test some material and...

News 29/09/2022

Saint-Michael and his meaning in the history of french parachutism

September 29th is Saint Michael’s day in France. He is the saint patron of, amongst others, the French paratroopers. It all began in 1944, when a british chaplain gave medals representing Saint...

James "Maggie" Megellas

News 01/09/2022

Inhumation of James "Maggie" Megellas, most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne Division

Two and a half years ago, Lieutenant Colonel James “Maggie” Megellas, from the 3rd Battalion, 504th PIR, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, passed, at the age of 103...

Robert Lévine

News 21/08/2022

Passing of veteran Robert Levine, from the 90th Infantry Division

On August 19th, passed Robert Levine, an american veteran who landed in Utah Beach as a 90th Infantry private on June 10th 1944. He was also honorary president of the association Normandy 44. On July...

News 16/08/2022

82nd anniversary of the first military paratrooper jump during World War II

This 16 august is the day of a special anniversary: the 82nd anniversary of the very first military paratrooper parachute jump in the history of the United States, by lieutenant William T. Ryder. The...

Funk Jr. recevant une médaille de la part du président des Etats-Unis, en 1945

Portraits 21/07/2022

Leonard A. Funk Jr., legend of the 82nd Airborne Division

Do you know about Leonard A. Funk Jr., one of the most illustrious paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne? Like Audie Murphy, Funk is the recipient of a mind-bloggling number of decorations, which he...

Portraits 13/07/2022

Audie Murphy, from an exceptional military career to successful actor

Shedding light on the extraordinary trajectories of peculiar or unknown characters is one of the fundamental functions of History, right? Today, we wanted to tell you about one Audie Murphy – not...

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