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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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The air bombardment is likely to be followed by an air-borne attack, which may take the following form:

a. A preliminary wave of shock troops (probably at least in part glider-borne) to achieve surprise with the task of neutralizing antiaircraft and other defenses and dislocating communications.

b. Following immediately on this, descents of parachute troops with the task of seizing a landing ground; these descents may be at several points, 15 to 20 miles apart.

c. Later, possibly by several hours, strong reinforcements of parachute troops followed or accompanied by troops in transport aircraft in those areas where the first wave has been successful. Air-landing troops, theoretically, arrive as soon as a landing ground is prepared, but in case of necessity may arrive even earlier.

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