This large transport glider was made on the advice of the German Army at the beginning of the Second World War. In 1940, during the drafting of the invasion plans of England, it emerged the need to quickly transfer a large quantity of troops and materials, something that was not obtainable with standard Ju 52 ships and transport planes. In December 1940, after the failure of the England invasion project, Germany started the attack on Russia and also in this case the need arose to move troops and materials rapidly due to the great distances and lack of adequate roads. The Me 321 entered service in June 1941: capable of transporting 130 equipped soldiers or a Panzer IV tank seems the perfect solution for the German General Staff. But a series of problems immediately emerged: there were no adequate planes to tow the giant glider, it was necessary to use 3 Bf 110 twin-engines for a single glider, thus removing them from the front.
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