American heroes in Special Operations by Oliver North; Chuck Holton

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Towing Distances The distances for which the glider can be towed depend upon the range of the aircraft and the weather conditions. , i. Gliding Distances The distances which the glider can cover after release from the towing plane are variable, and depend upon such factors as windspeed, altitude of release, direction of wind --GERMAN GLIDER-BORNE DEVE&LOPMENTS 39 relative to line of flight, navigation errors, and evasive action. In the attack on Crete gliders are thought to have been released at no more than 2 to 5 miles from shore, and at heights of not more than 5,000 feet.

J. Table of Glider Speeds: Towing speed ---------....... -----.. Holding-off speed-............ 4 mph 55 mph 35-40 mph k. Landins Area The DFS-230 glider requires only a small landing area. It has been noted that flaps may be used to steepen the angle of glide. If the skid is wound with barbed wire, or fitted with arresting hooks, landing in an even smaller area is practicable. 25. THE GOTHA 242 GLIDER The Gotha 242 Glider, larger than the DFS-230, is used for troop transport in training and for freight-carrying.

TRANSPORT OF A GERMAN AIR-BORNE DIVISION It has been mentioned above that no long training period is necessary to prepare a normal German division for use in an air-infantry operation. The preparation is more a problem of organization than one of training. The German 22d Infantry Regiment was reorganized as an Air-Borne Infantry Division in 1940, and, as such, it took part in the campaign in Holland. It should be noted that this division is particularly strong in staff organization, which, of course, is desirable for supervision and to compensate for probable loss among the staff during transport by air and during early ground action.

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