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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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Although it is known that in Crete the air-landing troops did not arrive in strength until the day following the initial parachute attack, it is thought that the Germans would, in face of air fighter defenses, mobile reserves, and organized land defenses, be compelled to reinforce their parachute troops at the earliest moment. Command will be taken over by commanders of army troops, who will have had a large share in framing the comprehensive plan of attack.

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