American Airborne Operations in the Pacific Theater: Extending Operational Reach and Creating Operational Shock
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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This monograph utilizes the case study method to analyze three of the seven U.S. airborne operations in the Pacific Theater during World War II the 503D Parachute Infantry Regiments seizure of Nadzab airfield in New Guinea, the 11th Airborne Divisions seizure of Tagaytay Ridge in the Philippines, and the 503D Parachute Infantry Regiments seizure of Corregidor in the Philippines. The intent of this monograph is to demonstrate how these airborne operations extended operational reach by introducing combat elements from outside the area of operations, opening logistical lines of communication, forward positioning of indirect fire assets, and capturing key terrain. In addition, Allied airborne operations created operational shock by incorporating a third dimension to combat operations, facilitated by dropping large masses of paratroopers in minimal time.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics