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WW2 Fallschirmjäger were highly professional German paratroopers who fought with bravery and skill during the Second World War. They were the first airborne soldiers in history to be deployed in large-scale airborne operations. The German paratroopers were known as the "Green Devils" because of the ferocity with which they into battle. Their commander during the war was General Kurt Student.

Fallschirmjäger originated in the Landespolizeigruppe Wecke z.b.V., a special police force created by Hermann Göring in 1933. By the end of that year, this unit was renamed "Landespolizeigruppe General Göring". In March 1935, Göring restructured the Landespolizei General Göring, converting it into Germany’s first dedicated airborne regiment. Its new military designation was Regiment General Göring (RGG). In October 1935, The unit was incorporated into the newly-formed Luftwaffe. Hermann Göring ordered that a group of volunteers be drawn for parachute training, which began at Altengrabow. The first volunteers formed a core parachute soldiers battalion, which would become a cadre for future Fallschirmtruppe, or parachute troops.

January 1936, 600 men and officers formed the 1st Jäger Battalion/RGG, commanded by Bruno Bräuer, and the 15th Engineer Company/RGG and were transferred to training area Döberitz for jump training while the rest of the regiment was sent to Altengrabow. Officers and other ranks of the Luftwaffe were required to successfully complete six jumps in order to receive the Luftwaffe Parachutist’s Badge.

first airborne operation was carried out in 1940, during the Norwegian Campaign, when Fallschirmjägers captured the defended air base of Sola, near Stavanger. By the end of 1940, the Fallschirmjäger’s 7th Air Division was re-organized and used as the core of a new series of elite Luftwaffe Infantry divisions, numbered in a series beginning with the 1st Fallschirmjäger Division. These formations were organized and equipped as motorized infantry divisions, and often played a fire brigade role on the western front.

Some of the Fallschirmjäger’s great deeds of heroism were the airborne seizure of Fort Eben-Emael, which allowed the early capture of Belgium, as well as successful operations in Holland; the capture of the island of crete between May and June 1941, carried out by the 7th Airborne Division; the defense of Monte Cassino, which was one of the finest displays of the courage, tenacity and skill that the Fallschirmjäger became known for.

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