Holland, Norway and Crete. A series of German victories during World War II with one?
Holland, Norway and Crete. A series of German victories during World War II with one thing in common - they all followed major airborne landings.
Now, with the creation of the new German Army, it is only natural that the general staff have made arrangements for the early formation of a new airborne division.
Many veterans of the former Wermacht - a pioneer in the mass use of parachutists - are among the instructors who have been on refresher courses in various NATO countries.
Now, back at the airborne training centre near Munich, they are busy teaching the recruits and taking them through the various stages that end with the first, breath-taking jump at 800 feet.
Exit training, landing drill, a trip down the slack wire that reproduces the effects of a 'plane exit, and a session of parachute collapsing drill in front of a wind machine - all help the volunteers to get ready for their first big jump.
During their course, the men find that there is more to parachute jumping than just stepping out of a 'plane, that the parachute really does always open, and the supreme moment of being awarded their wings.