World: The Desanters

The Japs had been among the first belligerents to use airborne troops in combat. At Palembang they had used them successfully. But that was in February 1942, against a foe ill-equipped to resist them. Last week, when they tried airborne attacks again, the Japs landed in a different league.

To supply a diversion for an attempted breakout from their pocket in northwestern Leyte, the enemy dropped parachutists from a score of planes (twin-engined transports resembling the DC-3) in the area west of Dulag, and especially around Burauen airfield. U.S. antiaircraft destroyed some of the planes, but about 200 paratroopers landed. Under Jap...

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