Israel IDF Paratroopers Watch* - Tzanchanim
*The Paratroopers Brigade is a unit of paratroopers within the Israel Defense Force's (IDF) part of central command. It has a history of carrying out special forces-style missions dating back to the 1950s. It is currently involved primarily in counter terror operations within the West Bank.
The brigade was created at the mid 1950's when the commando Unit 101 was merged with Battalion 890 (the IDF's Airborne Commando unit) in order to form an elite infantry brigade. The new unit was equipped with the IMI Uzi submachine gun as their primary weapon as it provided light and small automatic fire - essential properties for recon units and commandos.
The goals in creating the Paratroopers Brigade were: 1. To have an elite infantry force. 2. To innovate and improve fighting skills within other infantry units. 3. To raise the next generation of military commanders and officers.
The first commander of the Paratroopers Brigade was Ariel Sharon.