U.S. Paratroopers were an elite airborne unit, that went behind enemy lines securing the area before the main army assault. Airborne missions were very dangerous. The paratrooper’s parachute could get tangled in the trees when he tried to land strangling him or he might land in deep enemy territory without his squad.
Paratroopers were equipped with Thompson submachine guns, M1 Garands and M1A1 carbines.
The famous 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were important to the success of D-DAY in 1944 securing roads and destroying German artillery.