Posts tagged as Paratroopers

Russia’s Secret Weapon In A Baltic Invasion

By Karol Ulc on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Paratroopers: Russia’s Secret Weapon In A Baltic Invasion Key Point: Russia could absorb the Baltic states in a matter of days. In February 2016, the influential RAND Corporation — a think tank closely aligned with the U.S. Air Force — published a paper in which it warned that a Russian invasion of the Baltic States could reach the capitals of Latvia and Estonia in less than three days even with a week of warning. But that…

Paratroopers fill the sky as war games start in Germany

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A romantic Bavarian sunset gave way to a frenzy of falling paratroopers as far as the eye could see on Wednesday. Against a backdrop of orange and pink skies, with a bright moon peeking over the hills, about 1,000 paratroopers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and allied forces jumped out of U.S. and Italian C-130 aircraft behind a fictitious enemy’s lines. This year’s edition of the Saber Junction…

Paratroopers in Germany duck drones as Saber Junction shifts to live-fire training

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Thunderous booms joined the crackle of machine guns echoing over the rolling Bavarian hills, as U.S. paratroopers shifted this week to the live-fire portion of Saber Junction, a multinational annual exercise aimed at demonstrating American commitment to its allies. The 173rd Infantry Brigade, together with militaries from allied and partner nations, began the exercise on Sept. 4; it continues through Oct. 1. Last week, the airborne brigade’s “Sky Soldiers” assembled…