Israeli Paratroopers: Little-Known Facts About This Prestigious Unit

Red boots, red beret, and a storied history: Three facts you might not have known about the Paratroopers Brigade.

The goals in creating the Paratroopers Brigade were:

To have an elite leading force.
To innovate and improve fighting skills within other units.
To raise the next generation of military commanders and officers.

The Paratroopers Brigade has had only one operational combat parachute drop, during the 1956 Sinai War. In the Six Day War (1967) the brigade took part in the capture of Jerusalem, along with the Jerusalem Brigade, Harel Brigade and armored support. The Paratroopers were the ones to capture the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, considered a historic moment and the highlight of the war by the Israeli public due to the sanctity of these places to the Jewish people.

Published: August 30, 2016
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