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On the right is a 1941 article that lays out the brief history of airborne infantry before the author begins to recall the origins, training and victories of the W.W. II German paratroopers:

"The origin of parachute usage in warfare is obscure. They were extensively employed in the Great war to land spies and saboteurs. It is also of record that in 1917 General [Billy] Mitchell tried to persuade General Pershing to permit him to form an experimental troop of parachute fighters. Thus Mitchell was probably the first man professionally to express the notion of paratroopers... It was in 1935 that Hitler ordered Goering to organize paratroopers...[In Germany] the parasoldier is an object of curiosity to the elders, of envy to the youth. He is bound to be questioned and bound to do a sales job in educating the public, as you would say."

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The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

The German Paratroopers (Collier's Magazine, 1941)

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