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The jump will be cancelled after the Japanese surrender on September 2nd, , and the division will be disabled in France in November 30th, The first operational jumps performed by the 82nd Airborne Division in Sicily July 9, , were doomed to large losses due mainly because the drops happened too far from the DZ Drop Zone. It was decided to create teams of pathfinders, parachuted in advance to secure areas and mark drop zones.

The first teams of Pathfinders were dropped in Italy Salerno — September 13, At that time, the image of the Pathfinders did not have this elite reputation, the 82nd and the st sent paratroopers in training.

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Some were volunteer, others were transferred for disciplinary problems. During a night jump, 7 Pathfinders jumped with two Holophane lamps also called Aldis lamps. They are lit when the hum of the engines of the lead aircraft is perceived. They are placed on telescopic tripods so as to be easily visible from an airplane but almost invisible from the ground.

The last lamp is activated by an operator, it flashes the Morse letter of DZ, had to help leaders identify their areas of respective jump, indicated by lamps of different colours green, red and amber following the areas and units. During a break day, Pathfinders use phosphorescent orange panels that flatten the ground to form a letter, smoke grenades and a beacon, and protect the drop zone of possible attacks.

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They were the greatest of their generation, and represented what the entire American generation of WWII stood for: innovation, courage, grit, and selfless service. Some ignorantly doubted America and its ability to contribute to the allied war effort. But the nation also possessed a sleeping behemoth in an economy ready to mobilize in support of a major war, with a manpower reserve of over 9 million unemployed workers.

The attack on Pearl Harbor armed the Americans with a resolve which enabled the United States to recover from its hard times and realize its potential. Winning the war in Europe and the Pacific became the focal point of the country. From the ranks of this society, a group of volunteers stepped forward to become the elite.

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