Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This is coolbert:
Here is some partial intel dope on the Israeli Golani brigade and several of it's constituent units.
"The Golani Brigade (Hebrew: חֲטִיבַת גּוֹלָנִי, also known as the 1st Brigade) is an Israeli infantry brigade which was formed on February 28, 1948 . . . It is subordinated to the 36th Division and is one of the most highly decorated infantry units in the Israel Defense Forces."
1. The The Egoz Reconnaissance Unit.
"The Egoz Reconnaissance Unit (Hebrew: יחידת אגוז, Yechidat Egoz) is an Israel Defense Forces elite infantry unit that specializes in guerrilla and anti-guerrilla warfare. The Egoz Battalion is part of the Northern Command's Golani Brigade."
"Egoz is a Hebrew word meaning 'nut' (meaning 'seed', not 'crazy'), although in the case of the unit, it is also an abbreviation for Anti Guerrilla and Micro-Warfare (Anti Gerila VeLohama Zeira). The Hebrew letter 'vav' can be pronounced several ways, including both 'v' and long 'o', hence the apparent discrepancy between VeLohama and the 'o' in Egoz."
Egoz = "nut". "Nut" not meaning crazy. Meaning SEED!!
2. 51st "HaBoki'm HaRishonim"/"First Breachers" Infantry Battalion.
THIS IS THE PARTICULAR UNIT THE COMMANDER OF WHICH ADMONISHED HIS SOLDIERS NOT TO BE CAPTURED AND TAKEN ALIVE BY THE ENEMY.
And, thanks to YNet, two stories concerning Battalion 51 and their various combats in Lebanon that did not always go in their favor.
"Deadly battles in Bint Jbeil: Fallen soldiers' stories"
"Battalion 51's bad luck in Lebanon"
"First Breachers" to me suggests a a battalion sized unit, specially trained and equipped for commando style penetration of enemy defenses? Perform the most difficult missions using unconventional tactics to do so if necessary? Taking bad casualties from time to time as a result of hazardous combat duty?
A unit, Battalion 51, having a very high esprit and elan'! Accomplishes missions with alacrity in a fashion other units cannot?