The Airborne were motivated volunteers equipped with numerous automatic weapons (Thompson, B.A.R, cal. 30 machine-gun, etc.). US paratroopers had no reason to be envious of heavier infantry when it came to sheer firepower. Two years of intense training and a fondness for assault grenades made fierce close combat fighters out of them. Deployable behind enemy lines, masters in the arts of concealment and ambush, they were a constant threat hanging over the enemy.
Airborne are very rarely built outside of FFA where they are used to capture neutral bases sometimes. Due to that paratroopers are only used for rushes any paratroopers that require tech are not useful since they can't rush. They are also not 10 supply unlike some other paratroopers so they are not particularly effective for soaking up AA fire lategame.
If you want to prevent your airborne from being slaughtered right after they landed, it is recommended that you drop them in town squares or in woods so the enemy can't hit you without recon or infantry.
The United States started training Airborne units in early 1942. This started with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division was activated in August 1942.
The US airborne units were first used in the Italy campaign though this was only the 82nd Airborne. The second campaign containing US Airborne units was in France during Operation Overlord where both Airborne divisions where used.
The third operation containing US airborne troops was Operation Market Garden in Holland. This was the largest airborne operation in the history of mankind. Both the 101st and 82nd were used. The 101st took most of the southern objective near Eindhoven, the 82nd near Nijmegen, and the British 1st Airborne at Arnhem while the 17th US Airborne stayed in reserve in the UK.
During the Ardennes offensive the 82nd and the 101st were used. The 101st took and held Bastogne and the 82nd took on the northern shoulder of the attack.
The 17th US Airborne was dropped in Germany as part of Operation Varsity.
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- A single Airborne unit is featured on the official R.U.S.E. website.