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“Can’t Anything Stop These Men?”: U.S. Army Paratroopers Creating Turning Points in World War II

from National Museum of the U.S. Army

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Just after midnight on June 6, 1944, American paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines to prepare for an invasion force that would arrive at dawn. The Soldiers’ mission was to capture roadways and establish river crossings to support the D-Day invasion. The use of airborne troops, a vital of part the Allies’ campaign plans, was born out of wartime necessity.

Army airborne units were developed to support the concept of vertical envelopment, or the ability to strike an enemy from behind when ground forces could not go around prepared defenses. Born out of response to German success in Holland and Greece, the U.S. Army grew its airborne units from a small test platoon in 1940, through battalion and regimental combat in North Africa and Italy, to multiple combat ready divisions by D-Day. Following the invasion, airborne troops would be deployed during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge and earned a reputation for changing the battlefield as soon as they entered it.

In this virtual field trip, explore how the U.S. Army developed new technology, training, and strategies to overcome challenges and accomplish the mission. Learn how Army airborne troops contributed to Allied turning points during World War II.

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Point to Point: $0.00


This program is free.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This program can be reserved Monday - Sunday, 9 - 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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National Museum of the U.S. Army

Fort Belvoir, VA
United States

The National Museum of the United States Army provides the only comprehensive portrayal of Army history and traditions through the eyes of the American Soldier. Through preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting invaluable artifacts, the National Army Museum creates learning opportunities for all visitors and bonds the American people to their oldest military service.

We are America’s Army Museum.

Program Details


This program guides participants through an examination of primary resources and demonstrations to learn how the Army developed new technology and innovation to create turning points during World War II. Participants will be encouraged to answer questions and solve problems. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.


At the end of this lesson students, will be able to

-Understand how the U.S. Army adapts and innovates to solves problems.
-Describes the U.S. Army’s role in major turning points in the European Theater.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

State Standards

History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

United States History: 1865 to the Present
- USII.7 The student will apply social science skills to understand the major causes and effects of American involvement in World War II by
Locating and describing the major events and turning points of the war in Europe and the Pacific;
World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. (C.E.)
- WHII.12 The student will apply social science skills to understand World War II and its worldwide impact by
Describing the location of major battles and the role of new technologies.

Virginia and United States History
- The student will apply social science skills to understand World War II by
Describing and locating the major battles and key leaders of the European theater.
-Evaluating and explaining how the United States mobilized its economic and military resources