The Nadzab action forced the Japanese evacuation of a major base at
Lae to take a route which proved to be disastrous for them. The
third Battalion of the 503d had a major skirmish with the rear guard
of this exodus. The successful employment of Parachute troops, in
the Markham Valley, has been credited with saving the concept of
vertical envelopment from being abandoned following several less
than successful engagements in Europe.
"0800 5 Sept 43: The planes' motors start and vibrate
as they warm up for the take off, then the first of them swing out
like a row of prehistoric monsters and start down the strip past
where General MacArthur is standing with his traditional corps of
photographers, and newpapermen - press agents for the great."