Airborne forces Airborne
Military parachuting or gliding form of inserting personnel or supplies. Purpose
Delivering personnel, equipment, or supplies. Origins
Attributed to Italian troops on November 1927.
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