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Latest update : 2014-06-05

The 82nd Airborne division has participated in every major US conflict in modern history. As world leaders gather for D-Day's 70th anniversary, FRANCE 24 takes a look at the paratrooper unit that counted 5,000 casualties in the Normandy invasion.

The division is a modern fighting force, but the soldiers’ job description has not changed much since World War II.

The forces are drilled to successfully parachute into enemy territory and take control of it.

Today, the specialised unit counts 19,000 paratroopers and three brigade combat teams that pride themselves on their ability to be deployed anywhere in the world less than 96 hours after the order is given.

To watch FRANCE 24’s video report on the 82nd Airborne division, click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-06-05

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