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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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There have been unconfirmed reports that the Italians are organizing "parachute divisions," but it is more likely that they are forming mixed divisions of parachute and air-landing troops. The 126th Infantry Regiment was described in midsummer 1942 as transported by air, presumably meaning that it was specially trained for use in an air-landing operation. This regiment, along with the 125th, formed part of the "45 Spezia" Division, which had been much below strength and was doubtless intended to be reconstituted as an air-borne division of mixed parachute and air-landing troops. Its headquarters were at Pisa.

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