The Golani Brigade
The Golani Brigade is an Israel Defense Forces infantry brigade that was formed right after World War II during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In over sixty years since then they have been involved in all of the major wars and military operations that Israel has been engaged in. They have been a major reason for the continued survival of Israel throughout constant threats of destruction and annihilation from neighboring countries.
The Golani Brigade was instrumental in Israel’s victory during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. During this war the Jewish people were under attack from nearly every major army in the surrounding vicinity. They successfully repelled attacks and fought battles against the likes of the Iraqis, the Egyptians, the Syrians, and the Arab Liberation Army among others.
During the 1950s and 1960s a series of border disputes and confrontations arose between Israel and their neighbors. Golani forces were involved in battles and skirmishes with Syrian forces over border intrusions and water rights disputes and often emerged victorious. In addition, Golani Brigade soldiers defeated Egyptian forces during the Suez Crisis of 1956.
During the Six Day War of 1967, the Golani Brigade was again called to serve its country and did so in victorious fashion. The Brigade played a major role in capturing the Golan Heights from Syria, which proved to be a significant blow to Israel’s enemies. The Golan Heights is an elevated area along the border between Israel and Syria, and is considered to be a highly strategic military position to control.
The Yom Kippur War of 1973 again found the Golani Brigade right in the middle of some intense and hard fought battles. The Syrians launched surprise attacks against Brigade forces in the Golan Heights and were able to overrun their undermanned adversaries. However, the Golani Brigade along with other elements of the Israel Defense Forces were able to recapture and control the territory that was briefly won by the Syrians.
In the time since the Yom Kippur War, the Golani Brigade has been involved in many successful military campaigns against both Lebanon and the Palestinians.
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