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Image:unit_allied_airborne.png Squad Size 6 Capture Rate 1.25 Sup Threshold 0.2
Health 420 Sight 35 Pin Threshold 0.6
Cost 375 Detection 7/0 Recovery Rate 0.008
Hotkey: Population 6
Time 90 Retreat Modifier 0.5 Target Type infantry_airborne
Upkeep 17.28 Reinforce Cost 0.72 Critical Type infantry
Squad Slots 4 Reinforce Time 1

   Airborne Veterancy



  • Paratroopers can only be used with the Airborne Doctrine.
  • Paratroopers can be dropped and reinforced anywhere on the battle field, they can be used to raid enemy bases or resource points.
  • Paratroopers are very vulnerable to anti-air weapons while dropping. Under no circumstances should you drop paratroopers in the immediate proximity of a Wirbelwind Flak Panzer, Ostwind Flakpanzer, or Puma armored cars.
  • Fire up can be used to overcome suppression and flank around the enemy.
  • Recoilless rifles are very accurate anti-tank weapons with high penetration against most tanks and vehicles.
  • Satchel charges make short work of garrisoned structures and light vehicles, but their 5 second fuse gives an alert enemy plenty of time to withdraw or retreat.
  • Keep an eye on your Paratroopers, They are pretty weak unsupported and expensive to reinforce.
  • Build a Triage Center to keep Paratroopers alive.


Airborne forces are military units, usually light infantry, set up to be moved by aircraft and 'dropped' into battle. Thus they can be placed behind enemy lines, and have an ability to deploy almost anywhere with little warning. The formations are limited only by the number and size of their aircraft, so given enough capacity a huge force can appear "out of nowhere" in minutes, an action referred to as vertical envelopment.

Conversely, airborne forces typically lack the supplies and equipment for prolonged combat operations, and are therefore more suited for airhead operations than long-term occupation; furthermore, parachute operations are particularly sensitive to adverse weather conditions. Advances in helicopter technology since World War II have brought increased flexibility to the scope of airborne operations, and helicopters have largely replaced large-scale parachute operations, and (almost) completely replaced combat glider operations. However, due to the limited range of helicopters and the limited number of troops that can be transported by them many countries retain Paratroopers as a valuable strategic asset.

In Company of Heroes, the Airborne division featured in game may be the 101st Airborne Division, due to their motto "Screaming Eagles."

Called In Using

   Airborne Infantry


Squad Abilities

   Fire Up


   Throw Satchel Charge


   Throw Mk2 Grenade


Squad Upgrades

   Mk2 Grenades


   M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle


Squad Weapons

   M1 Carbine


   Mk2 Grenade


   Recoilless Rifle


   Satchel Charge