National Defense: Flying Infantry

U. S. inventors contributed the sub marine, machine gun, airplane, caterpillar treads (for tanks), a deadly gas (Lewisite) to modern warfare. All except Lewisite have been brought to their highest stages of tactical efficiency by the professionalized, warlike armies and navies of Europe. Similarly parachute troops were invented by the U. S. Army.

First ground soldiers ever dropped from an airplane with infantry arms were men who in 1929 parachuted from Army planes at Brooks Field, Tex. Two machine gun crews landed and put their guns into action. The experiment had worked so noth ing more was done about it. Russia...

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