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The dropzone already presented a discouraging spectacle of many injured and disabled jumpers scattered near and far; and the medical officers--in fact, even the line officers-- felt concerned over the problem of treating so many casualties with such scanty accommodations. Therefore, the question was raised whether it might not be wise to send radio orders back for canceling the 2nd Battalion's flight, and for bringing them in by barge the next day. After thorough deliberation, this change of plans was actually advised; but because of communications difficulties, it could not be carried out.

Hence, to the surprise of some of the staff officers the reinforcements thundered down upon us at noon time, just as though their coming had not been urged against.

 

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