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- n.pl. Infantry trained and equipped to parachute.
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- n. infantry soldiers deployed by parachute
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- n. infantry trained and equipped to parachute
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The paratroops were a rough lot and evidently cared little what or how they ate.
Even as late as March 21, 1945, medical reports show Manoian listed as part of the Chemical Warfare Service, not the paratroops, Siddall said.
President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday ordered a battalion of paratroops to reinforce the garrison at the Russia.
But writer Patrick Bishop was embedded in the valley nearby with British paratroops at their Sangin bases.
Adam Harmon is an American-Israeli, who in 1990 served in the IDF paratroops and later joined a special operations unit, which pursues terrorist leaders and prevents suicide bombings, and in which he does his yearly reserve duty.
Fledgling paratroops of yesteryear, for example, began training by jumping off five-foot towers so they could practice how to land, flex their knees, then roll.
The latter seemed to fit with “persistent reports of several thousand Jap paratroops in enemy held China.”
Ben-Gurion agreed to drop paratroops deep into the Sinai, seeming to threaten the Canal; in response the British and French would issue an ultimatum to both the Israelis and the Egyptians, demanding that the Israelis withdraw their troops—and that the Egyptians allow Anglo-French forces to occupy key positions along the Canal.
If only our tanks had thrust sooner and more determinedly along that last 11 miles of road to Arnhem, instead of halting at Nijmegen, the paratroops holding out at the bridge could have been relieved and the mission accomplished.
Iirc, paratroops were given switchblade knives for the same reason, so they could cut themselves free of their riggin in a hurry.