The M551 Sheridan was air droppable using LAPES (Low-altitude parachute-extraction system). Not really counted as a true tank more of a recon vehicle that could be an annoyance more than a threat to Soviet armour. When I was with the division (82nd) we dropped everything except aircraft. We had EDRE (Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise) rotations so a portion of the division was ready to go wheels up in 18 hours to anywhere in the world. During the mid 80′s we knew that the Soviets would not be the push over like the book suggest they might. You have to remember at that time they had a lot of veterans of Afganistan and we had up to that point Grenada and Viet Nam Vets still within the ranks. Our mission in the 82nd was to create as much chaos behind the lines as possible and hopefully draw away some of the resources to cause delay actions. Between the 82nd and the Rangers, our mission was to grab a foot hold or an “island” to stage counter strikes behind the Soviet lines. It was assumed that they would have pushed far ahead and left a softer backside for us to hit.
December 8th marks the launch of Stripes, join as we celebrate with an afternoon of activities live from the New Zealand office.
Friday 08 Stripes Live Launch Welcome to the Live Launch for Stripes . Today we will take a look at all of the new models you can expect to see in stores near you, some of the Battlefront team share their thoughts on how Stripes will effect their armies, as well as couple of live crosses to the BF Offices in NZ in our Facebook group.