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Paratrooper red beret; original insignia (Infantry) with red backing.
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The Paratroopers Brigade is a unit of paratroopers within the Israel Defense Forces (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 in 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:
The first commander of the Paratroopers Brigade was Ariel Sharon. The Paratroopers Brigade has had only one operational combat parachute drop, during the 1956 Sinai War. In the Six Day War (1967) the Paratroopers Brigade took part in the capturing of Jerusalem together with the Jerusalem Brigade, Harel Brigade and armor support. The Paratroopers were the ones to capture the Western Wall and the Temple Mount - a moment that is considered as "historic" and the "highlight of this war" by the majority of the Israeli public, mainly due to the sacredness of these places to the Jewish people. In the following years, the brigade was the source for many Israeli Chiefs of Staff, including Shaul Mofaz and Moshe Ya'alon.
How the Color was chosen- Red. The mythological color of the Paratroops Beret is the international color. The red Berets of the English paratroops were here before the establishment of the State. It was a status symbol and it was decided that the paratroopers Brigade of the IDF will be in Red.