by Richard Rule Kurt Student, the founding father of Germany’s elite parachute forces, was born on May 12, 1890, and served with distinction as a fighter pilot and squadron leader in World War I. As director of air technology during the postwar years, he took great interest in the Russian military’s experimentation with airborne troops. [text_ad] Joining the Luftwaffe during its formation in 1934, the ruthlessly ambitious Student forged a reputation as an energetic, intelligent officer of


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