The Fallschirmjäger was Germany's elite airborne fighting unit. Theymade the first airborne infantry assaults in history of the world. When Germany made its invaision on Western Europe, the German paratroopers parachuted and landed in gliders capturing strategic places. When Adolf Hitler commanded the Fallschirmjäger to make an all out airborne assault on the large island of Crete, they did but sustained such heavy loses that Hitler never attempted to order them to parachute again. They were then turned into Hitler's elite SS or elite infantry men.