The Soviet paratroopers rapidly grew. At major exercises in 1935, a group of 1,188 soldiers were successfully parachuted. During the large-scale drills a year later, 3,000 paratroopers, 8,200 soldiers with light military equipment made a successful aerial landing. In the summer of 1939, the airborne brigade took part in a Soviet-Mongol operation in the Khalkhin-Gol area.
By the time of World War II, the Soviet Airborne brigade had grown considerably. Since March 1941, the Airborne brigades have been incorporated into more powerful formations – the airborne corps, and servicemen are dropped from bombers and transport aircraft.
After the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union, in September 1941, the airborne army was transferred to the Red Army Air Force Command Headquarters. In the winter of 1942, during a counterattack near Moscow, the Vyazemskaya landing campaign was carried out by an airborne army. In September 1943, two paratroop brigades assisted the Red Army’s main forces to cross the De-Nhep River. The most notable activities of paratroopers during the war were often reconnaissance, capture and defense of a bridgehead. Many of the paratrooper’s feats have made a mark in the battles.