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By Oliver North; Chuck Holton

ISBN-10: 0805447121

ISBN-13: 9780805447125

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On both sleeves are worn large-size "wings" as stripes of rank; on the right breast is the German Air Force flying eagle (Hoheitszeichen). There are two very capacious pockets on the thighs, two more on the chest, and slits at each hip; pockets are closed by zipper fasteners. The coveralls are worn over uniform and equipment for the jump; on landing, the garment is taken off and usually put on again under the equipment. d. Gloves These are of padded leather, with long gauntlets which grip by means of elastic; sometimes woolen gloves are substituted.

Because of the likelihood of heavy 56 ENEMY AIR-BORNM FORCES casualties during the early phases of the attack, assault units are provided with about twice the amount of radio equipment ordinarily assigned to ground combat units of the same size. A parachute rifle battalion appears to be equipped with two radio subsections for battalion-toregiment communication, and eight very high-frequency radio subsections for point-to-point communication on the general company-to-company circuit. a. Types of Radios German air-borne attack troops, during the operations at Crete, were equipped with several types of radios, but two types were most extensively used.

Headquarters positions were indicated by panels in the form of a cross, and spots where supplies were to be dropped by two "X's", side by side. Direction of resistance was indicated by inverted "V's" with the point in the direction of the resistance. Various other panel designs GERMAN AIR-BORNE TRANSPORT 57 were similarly enmployed to convey prearranged messages. Green smoke signals were used to attract the attention of aircraft where supplies were wanted. Red smoke signals are also believed to have been used, to indicate enemy defended positions.

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