A few months ago, Countess and I went to Dunn, NC to visit my niece. The Apple iPhone decided that we should drive around the Western end of Fort Bragg, and were curious about why so much land near Fayetteville is set aside for the base.
Following the C-130 crash recently, we started talking about the difficulties of deploying Army tanks to the Middle East – that the C130 isn’t big (wide?) enough to carry an M1 tank. The only planes that can are the C-5 and the C-17 – both are slow moving turboprops that require in-Flight refueling if they go more than a couple thousand miles. That is why it took so long to stage the forces for the first Iraqi intervention.
In any case, Youtube concluded that I might enjoy this video
This is under ideal conditions – Clear day, huge flat landing zone, nobody firing at you. We know from D-day that dropping paratroopers behind enemy lines can become a snafu quickly, but at least these people would not be jumping for the first time.