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The regiment is the normal unit for the tactical employment of German parachute
troops. Each regiment is divided into three battalions, and each battalion into
three rifle or light companies and one heavy weapons company (machine-gun and
mortar company). Special armament, consisting of 75-mm infantry
guns and 37-mm antitank guns, is provided in the regiment for two
special companies which by analogy with American nomenclature may be called the
cannon company and the antitank company. The organization of the German
parachute regiment is said to have been mainly determined by the carrying capacity
of the JU-52, the airplane ordinarily used in transporting parachute
troops. The men are usually moved by units, a platoon of 36 men being transported
in a flight (Kette) of 3 planes.