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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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After entering Holland and Belgium, the Germans completed their conquest of France in short order. They made no appreciable use of parachutists or other air-borne troops, possibly because they were achieving rapid successes with their air-supported ground troops. German mechanized spearheads frequently performed services in the French rear that might have been otherwise unobtainable except with the use of air-borne surprise. The impression prevails that the Germans did drop a certain number of individual parachutists disguised as civilians behind the French lines, but it is difficult to verify this alleged augmentation of the Fifth Columnists, or to establish it as a matter of any military consequence.

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