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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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On April 30, 1941, less than a week after the Germans made their air-borne attack at the Corinth Canal, the Italians made their first combat use of parachutists during the occupation of the Island of Cephalonia, which lies off the western coast of Greece, 150 miles southeast of the heel of the Italian boot. In comparison with German attempts and achievements this action can be dismissed as insignificant.

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