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82nd Airborne Division

82nd Airborne Division

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The paratrooper minifigure of the 82nd US Airborne Division by Italianminifig is the reproduction of one of the protagonists of Operation Overlord which on 5 and 6 June 1944 kicked off the invasion and liberation of Europe. The uniform - rich in details and 360° printed on original Lego - is the one supplied in '44.

The 82nd US Infantry Division, formed at the beginning of the 1900s, was transformed into the first airborne division in the history of the United States Army during August 1942. Deployed in North Africa in the spring of 1943, the paratroopers of the 82nd – in particular the 504th and the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment - assault Sicily on 9 July, thus determining the beginning of the Allied invasion on Italian soil.

Subsequently the 82nd was reorganized in anticipation of the invasion of Normandy. On 5 and 6 June 1944, the paratroopers of the 82nd and two artillery battalions on gliders were transported and launched into the skies of Northern France, giving rise to the largest airborne assault in history up to that point.

John Steele, the paratrooper of the 82nd Airborn Division made famous by the film "The Longest Day", will forever remain one of the symbols of Operation Overlord: on the night between 5 and 6 June, upon landing, he remains entangled for hours in the bell tower of the church of Sainte-Mère-Église.


(These products aren’t a toy: they aren’t suitable for children under the age of 14, due to the small parts that constitute them. They are collector's items of historical interest. Each Italianminifig item does not intend to celebrate any authoritarian regime, not intends to foment hatred or a repressive spirit towards freedom and human rights).

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