After the Cretan episode, experiments in the glider transport of large
numbers of troops into simulated enemy territory were begun at the Experimental
Department (Versuchsabteilung) of Berlin. With promise of success, the
experiments were continued and intensified on the airfields of Stendal and
of Lager Linde near Grossborn. In mid-1942, secret experimentation with
gliders carrying as many as 50 or more men were being conducted officially
on the airfields of Stendal, Hildesheim, Halberstadt, Hanover, and Berlin. Tests
in carrying all-purpose vehicles and tanks have been frequent.