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Definition of Airborne troops

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ground forces conveyed by aircraft
Airborne troops Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Those ground units whose primary mission is to make assault landings from the air. See also troops.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Airborne troops Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Military parachuting or gliding form of inserting personnel or supplies.


Delivering personnel, equipment, or supplies.


Attributed to Italian troops on November 1927.

Airborne forces are military units, usually light infantry, set up to be moved by aircraft and "dropped" into battle, typically by parachute. Thus, they can be placed behind enemy lines, and have the capability to deploy almost anywhere with little warning. The formations are limited only by the number and size of their aircraft, so given enough capacity a huge force can appear "out of nowhere" in minutes, an action referred to as vertical envelopment.

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