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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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It is not clear how light tanks, if brought, would be employed. The great handicap of all air-borne troops is their lack of mobility; once they are on the ground, they are heavily laden with weapons and equipment. They might thus be quite unable, at least in the early stages, to follow up tank advances. In any case, German opinion is increasingly unfavorable to the vulnerable light tank; and for attacks on strong posts, such as concrete pillboxes, it favors the use of antitank weapons and of infantry shock troops, with explosives. The plan seems to be, rather, to bring as much motor transport as possible, especially tractors, to make possible the movement of reasonably heavy weapons, especially infantry and AT guns. After seizing the objective, by dint of surprise and shock-infantry tactics, the troops will then be equipped to meet counterattacks.

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