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.