Germany devised and pioneered the troopcarrying glider concept. It took some while for Britain to follow, but its developments in the field came to make a major contribution to Allied military success
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Allied expectations that the Versailles Treaty, signed on 28 June 1919, would successfully discourage a technologically inquisitive and modern German society to simply abandon previous achievements in the field of aviation proved extremely naïve. Consequently, the desire to beat the restrictions placed on flying became an obsession that, to observers throughout the world during the 1920s and 1930s, simply manifested itself in the apparently innocuous pastime of sport gliding. In reality it became the origin of the assault glider tactic.