The DFS 230 transport glider. Mostly used for paratrooper assault operations, this glider could carry 9-10 soldiers. As it had no powerhouse, they were usually tugged by Ju 52s as well as Ju 87s (pictured above) and Ju 88s. Such gliders are noted for being summoned for the Mussolini rescue, Operation Rösselsprung, the Battle of Crete and the assault on Fort Eben-Emael in Belgium. The Battle for Eben-Emael in 1940 was the first major utilization of these gliders, forty two DFS 230s carrying 493 paratroopers were committed to taking the fortress and bridges in the area. Nine gliders landed in the fort and nearly 80 paratroopers succeeded taking it. They rid of any resistance, as well as demolished key gun emplacements with explosives. They then continued to hold the fort for 24 hours until they were relieved by other German armed forces.