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Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force. Paratroopers offer a tactical advantage as they can be inserted into the battlefield from the air, thereby allowing them to be positioned in areas not accessible by land. This ability to enter the battle from different locations allows paratroopers to evade fortifications that are in place to prevent attack from a specific direction, and the possible use of paratroopers forces an army to spread their defenses to protect other areas which would normally be safe by virtue of the geography. Paratroopers were first used extensively in World War II (and in German service, were referred to as Fallschirmjäger.) A common use for paratroopers is to establish an airhead.
The first Indian airborne formation was the 50 Independent Parachute Brigade raised in October 1941 with 151 British, 152 Indian, and 153 Gurkha Parachute Battalions and other support units. The formation expanded to form the 2nd Indian Airborne Division which was later redesignated as the 44th Indian Airborne Division. At the onset of Independence in 1947, the airborne division was divided between the Indian Army and the army of the newly formed Pakistan, with Indian retaining two of the parachute bridages and the remaining going to Pakistan…….. Source: wikipedia.

Once in two years, in Bangalore, we have AERO show, displaying Airplanes from All over the world. In one such display, were these paratroopers jumping, using the Indian National flag colors. The day was very clear with blue sky, and no polarizing was used, and shot this picture with my Tokina ATX 100- 300mm lens, on my Nikon f- 90X. auto expo, f-11.

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