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AIRBORNE OPERATIONS A German Appraisal CMH Pub 104-13 CONTENTS PREFACE THE CONTRIBUTORS FOREWORD CHAPTER 1.
GERMAN AIRBORNE OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR Section I.
Principles of Employment...................................2 II.
Airborne Tactics..........................................10 III.
Parachute Troops..........................................12 IV.
Air-Transported Troops....................................15 V.
Troop-Carrier Units.......................................16 VI.
Reasons for Success and Failure...........................17 VII.
German Air Landings after Crete...........................21 CHAPTER 2.
ALLIED AIRBORNE OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II................25 Section I.
Passive Defense Measures..................................26 II.
The German Warning System.................................27 III.
Counterattack in the Air..................................29 IV.
Antiaircraft Defense Fire.................................29 V.
Counterattack on the Ground...............................30 VI.
Counterlanding into the Enemy Airhead.....................32 VII.
An Appraisal of Allied Air Landings.......................33 VIII.
Reflections on the Absence of Russian Air Landings........36 CHAPTER 3.
CONCLUSIONS...............................................39 Section I.
Evaluation of Past Airborne Experience....................39 II.
Limitations of Airborne Operations........................40 III.
Advantages of Airborne Operations.........................42 IV.
Requirements for Success..................................43 V.
Antiairborne Defense......................................44 VI.
Future Possibilities......................................44 APPENDIX.
NOTES ON GERMAN AIRBORNE OPERATIONS........................45 Section I.
Equipment of German Parachute Troops......................45 II.
German Employment of Troop-Carrier Units..................47 III.
Technique and Tactics of Airborne Operations..............49 PREFACE This study was written for the ...





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