September 1941

17,000 Maneuvering Troops Stunned

Volume 25, Issue 3

FORTY tough and heavily armed young gentlemen of the Marine Corps almost disrupted the maneuvers of some 17,000 soldiers of the Forty-fourth Division, as they staged a surprise parachute attack on a military airport in the Army's new Caroline county maneuver area near Fredericksburg, Va., yesterday.

Dropping from the skies in three groups of 10, 10 and 20 men, the Marines landed safely while the soldiers looked up in amazement at the unexpected touch of blitz warfare. It was the first major use of chute troops in U. S. maneuvers.


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