The Fallschirmjäger made the first airborne infantry assaults in history. In 1940 in Western Europe they were used to take strategic positions with parachute and glider assaults.one Company Command SMG team
In 1941 they stormed the island of Crete in the biggest military airborne operation to that point. The Luftwaffe created the Fallschirmjäger in 1936 after General Kurt Student observed Soviet airborne troop exercises in 1935, and Student became their commander. Initially the formations started as a single battalion and grew quickly to a division by 1938.
Only the best volunteers were selected for the Fallschirmjäger, and then these enthusiastic and intelligent volunteers were put through a vigorous training regime. New techniques and tactics were put into practice between 1936 and 1940.
The Fallschirmjäger further developed the static line to guarantee chute opening and allowing the Fallschirmjäger to jump from lower altitudes to avoid heavy enemy fire.
In 1940 the first test of their mettle came with the invasions of Denmark and Norway where they were used to take key airfields to allow the safe landing of German ground troops. They went from strength to strength and later in 1940 took the Belgium fortress Eben Emael by surprise.
Crete was next, an operation involving three complete divisions dropped or transported by air. Crete was taken successfully, but the price was high and no further major airborne operations were conducted for the remainder of the war. It was not the end of the Fallschirmjäger’s war however, as minor airborne operations continued in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy from 1942-43.
As Germany’s position became more defensive, the Fallschirmjäger were used more often in the role of elite ground infantry, Fallschirmjäger brigade Ramcke fighting in the lines at El Alamein, and troops were dropped into both Tunisia and Sicily in 1943 to booster the defense.
Much like the elite units of the Wehrmacht and SS, the Fallschirmjäger became part of Hitler’s fire brigade, fighting fires wherever they appeared on Germany’s front lines. The Fallschirmjäger Platoon makes up the fighting strength of your force. This pack contains 19 different poses, including flamethrowers to convert your Fallschirmjäger Platoon to Pioneers.
one 2iC Command SMG team
one Anti-tank Rifle team
one Mortar Section with three Light Mortar teams
one Open Drop canister
one Closed Drop canister
seven Small bases