WWII had airborne units all over the place. The Germans didn't do well with them in that they tried too many low level drops into Russian snow banks that really weren't as deep as they thought. But, airborne soldiers were pretty much useless without parachutes and the gear that went with it. Also, the reason for the thread, gliders were quite a feat when it came to transporting airborne troops. I was with the 82nd airborne in 1967 through 1970 and WWII gliders were hammered into our heads about how valuable they were in the war. Any true stories about gliders??