The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

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The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by parahist » 30 Jul 2012 20:40

True or not?

The source booklet:¨
"Enemy Air-Borne Forces"
December 2, 1942
Prepared by Military Intelligence Service (US ARMY)

"28. THE DROPPING OF PARACHUTISTS FROM GLIDERS
It has often been reported that in training, men jump
by parachute from gliders. Some observers reported
that this method was used in Crete, but the reports are
unconfirmed. It is certain that glider-borne troops do
not normally wear parachutes (in Crete they had life
jackets), and are technically not parachute troops but
air-landing troops. Moreover, the DFS-230 is most
unsuitable for the dropping of parachute troops."

Was there any fallschirmjäger dropps from gliders in WWII times (or earlier) in really? If yes, I'd like to know more (where, when, how many jumped, unit ... ?).

Can anyone help?

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by Kingfish » 30 Jul 2012 21:09

Dropping men out of a glider would negate the advantage it provides, mainly getting a group of men on an objective faster and in a more concentrated deployment.

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by phylo_roadking » 30 Jul 2012 21:22

....and surely make a bit of a bollix of lading/balance factors for the poor pilot???
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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by John T » 30 Jul 2012 22:25

parahist wrote:
It has often been reported that in training, men jump
by parachute from gliders.
That could make some sense if no proper transport plane available but a glider and a tug where.
(Sweden planned to use retired dive bombers to tow gliders)

So as a training device possibly, operational I aggre with previous posters.

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by parahist » 02 Aug 2012 18:49

Thanks for commets. So, no one have any info about training jumps from gliders! Strange, I belive that there will be some info in somewhere.

I also belive that there wasn't any combat jumps from gliders. But training jumps....

Can anyone help more?

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by Schnitzel » 22 Aug 2012 20:24

I know it was used with great success on the Allied side.
An uncle of mine served with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.

http://www.ww2-airborne.us/units/325/325.html

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by parahist » 02 Sep 2012 09:11

On the Allied side, they tested gliders for parachute jumps. At the least, 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment, used gliders for jumps.

Source: http://www.insigne.org/551-history.htm

Still, nothing about German side! Any info?

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by Atrevida » 04 Sep 2012 14:56

The recently published book "Der stille Angriff" covering the attack on the bridges between Eben Emael and Maastricht on 10 May 1940 is as comprehensive work on the subject of German glider-borne troops as you could wish to have.

Full coverage is given to the concept and development of the troop-carrying glider and the training of glider pilots in the run up to the assault on Belgium and Holland on 10 May 1940.

Consideration was never given to dropping paratroops from a glider, and apparently never practised to see how it went. On the day in question, paratroops landing on hostile soil from the air parachuted down from conventional aircraft.

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by parahist » 08 Sep 2012 20:46

Thanks Atrevida!

So, it looks that Germans never try to drop parachutist from gliders.

Little part of the history, is that Russians dropped also parachutist from gliders. Little more about that:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article ... rchLimits=

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Re: The dropping of parachutist from gliders?

Post by Empiricist » 03 Jun 2021 17:20

parahist wrote:
02 Sep 2012 09:11
On the Allied side, they tested gliders for parachute jumps. At the least, 551st Parachute Infantry Regiment, used gliders for jumps.
Before D-Day also dropping the supplies on the chutes from towed CG-4As was tested over UK.

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