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Who came up with the idea of paratroopers?

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  1. Simonr1978

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    ...and of course it's utterly inconcievable that you might ever find yourself in Europe at any point in the future? :roll:

    We know you're Australian, it says as much right by "Location", somehow I don't think that response was specifically aimed at you.
     
  2. Commando

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    I was only being funny. :oops:

    I would like to travel to Europe sometime and see some of the WW2 sites though. :D
     
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    If you dig a tunnel, you might end up in Eben Emael. :grin:
     
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    Commando , Belgium is heaven for beer drinkers ,they have hundreds of beers
    we had a bit of a tread on it a while back ,
    they have a proud tradition of inventing great guns , love mussels cooked in white wine and have invented chips ( fries in U.S. )
    their civilization is based on great drinking , eating , partying in the streets wearing silly costumes and waiting for somebody to invade them ,



    As for paratroopers , there was a lot of talk about it between the wars and the soviets had whole brigades of them ,
    the taking of the fort Eben Emanuel was as far as I know the first successful example of the paratroops potential , there could have be some actions during the soviet Finnish war of 39 , to be checked .. :)
    during the fall of France and the waiting for sea lion , there was a certain para hysteria behind the line , one of the function of "dad's army" was to counter this threat .

    There was two type of use
    -the German doctrine of direct assault by dropping directly on the objective , it maximize surprise and speed at the cost of fire density
    - pretty much everybody else did a drop away from the objective , regrouping , arming and a structured assault
    The British tried to make the regrouping as short as possible , the soviets at the other extreme would cover large areas over a period of days , due to a wide variety of reasons except lack of bravery ,most soviets airborne operations were very bloody failures , the worst being the Dnieper's drop in 43
    The Crete operation was grossly optimistic ,the Germans winning the contest by a whisker , having failed to take the airfields defended by the aussies and the brits , they scrapped through due to a New-Zealander officer who ,
    having no idea what was going on ( he was winning in fact ) withdrew his command from one of the three airfields , thus starting the long kiwi tradition of choking on victory at the last moment :cool:


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    we also knew they were coming and when and how which sort of ruined their surprise part

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    finally, someone who understand Belgians :cool:
    We weren't waiting to be invated, they just came to the party uninvited :p
     
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    Sorry, but I don't drink any alcohol.

    Thanks anyway though. :cool:
     
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    You don't understand the glory that is Belgium
    they have white beer for children and pregnant women ( very good too ! )
    they probably make some for non-drinkers :D :D :D

    If they played rugby and had sunshine , I would be there !!


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