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  • #31
    Interestingly, one of the first missions the Soviets planned for airborne troops in the early 1930s was to supplement long range bombing by dropping engineers with demolitions to blow up the target, or dropping engineers/infantry to seize bridges or 'choke points' that might endanger a 'deep strike'. Since the various Partisan, Guards Engineer (long range penetration recon types), and specialists could do the demolition work, and Forward Detachments and their Advance Guards could seize the bridges, what mission was left for the far more complicated air drop?
    Also need to point out that the Soviets always kept airborne-capable units, but they kept getting smaller as the war went on: in 1941 and 1942 they had Airborne Corps of 3 brigades, in 1942 and 1943 they formed Airborne Divisions and then almost immediately turned them into 'elite' but strictly ground infantry, and in the end, in 1945 they formed a couple of new Guards Airborne Brigades, but as far as I can determine, no larger headquarters or units. Basically, the large scale air drop turned out to be more trouble than it was worth, and all of the desired objectives could be achieved with a lot less effort...

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    • #32
      Nice reply and welcome to the forums Sharposhnikov!!

      Great first post there, keep em' coming!!

      Cheers

      TRDG

      Tom

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