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Desantniki
Десантники
RUSE Desantniki
Nobody, but us
Unit
Faction Icon USSR Soviet Union
Class Elite Infantry
Warmode 1939+
Production
Cost $10
Research Cost $25
Factory Airfield
Properties
Armor Armor Infantry Infantry (400)
Speed 24 km/h
Sir, Russian paratroopers are dropping on our right flank to keep us from getting to the Flammpanzers.
- Kowalski, Secret Weapons

The Desantniki (Russian: Десантники) are the Soviet airborne troops. Their ability to be dropped via air, makes them very good to be raiding enemy supply lines. However, as they lack any rocket launcher weapon, they can be taken out by light tanks. Even though they are cheap in comparison to other factions' airborne units, they are outclassed by the cheaper and more powerfull Gvardiyas.

History Edit

"Desant", a French word, can refer to a whole lot of things in Russia. A beach landing is a desant, even a squad unloading from an APC is a desant. But the Desant refers to the Airborne.

The Soviets did not underestimate the importance of "death from above". A group of Red Army volunteers were air-dropped against a border incursion in Middle Asia in 1929. An experimental unit was created in 1931.

By 1941 the Vosdushno-Desantnye Voiska were counting in tens of thousands. Their tactics called for dropping behind enemy lines and causing havok and confusion. If possible, the heavy bombers that were used to carry them would land and deploy vehicular support in the form of T-27 tankettes.

German air superiority and AA, as well as the slow TB-3 bombers used to transport, allowed the VDV to make one big drop in the War, during the Dnepr offensive. Furthermore, they were humiliated by the fact that the newly formed Naval Infantry proved superior in tactical drops. That did not keep them from having 126 Hero of the Soviet Union recipients.

But they were not going anywhere, and only got better during the Cold War. They borrowed the striped tel'nyashka shirts from the Navy and maroon berets from the British Paras, only to be replaced by blue to keep with the uniform pattern of the Air Force. The VDV is probably still the largest airborne force on the planet, and has the same standing as the United States Marine Corps - and independent branch of service for the best conscripts, with tough espirit de corps and the motto "Noone but us!" (Никто кроме нас!). It also has an impressive array of air-deployed infantry fighting vehicles and light artillery. Quite notably, members of GRU SpetsNaz often pose as VDV, especially since the unit was officially "black" before the 80s - and because many of them were indeed handpicked from VDV.

Equipment Edit

The Airborne, like all of their collegues, are limited by their method of deployment. Still, they carry a mix of Strelki and Gvardiya equipment - Mosin rifles, PPS sub-machine guns, grenades and hand-held explosives.

WeaponsEdit

Weapon Infantrynoicon Engineernoicon Buildingsnoicon Armor1yesicon Armor2yesicon Armor3yesicon Armor4yesicon Armor5yesicon Aircraftnoicon Rangeicon

Satchel charge
Satchel charge
563 94 47 38 23 15 150m
Weapon Infantryyesicon Engineernoicon Buildingsyesicon Armor1yesicon Armor2yesicon Armor3yesicon Armor4yesicon Armor5yesicon Aircraftnoicon Rangeicon

Heavy grenade
Grenades
33 33 33 7 3 2 1 0 70m
Weapon Infantryyesicon Engineernoicon Buildingsnoicon Armor1noicon Armor2noicon Armor3noicon Armor4noicon Armor5noicon Aircraftnoicon Rangeicon

Med. weapons
Infantry weapon
40 40 150m

See AlsoEdit

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