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List of brigades of the Israel Defense Forces

This is a list of brigades in the Israel Defense Forces.

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Current brigadesEdit

Active serviceEdit

  • 1st "Golani" Brigade - Has been active since 1948 and is part of Northern Command, though currently (July 2014) operating under Southern Command in the Gaza.
    • 12th "Barak"/"Lightning" Infantry Battalion
    • 13th "Gideon" Infantry Battalion
    • 51st "HaBoki'm HaRishonim"/"First Breachers" Infantry Battalion
    • 631st Reconnaissance Battalion:
      • Anti-tank Company / PALNAT
      • Engineer Company / PALCHAN
      • 95th "Flying Tiger" Reconnaissance Company
      • 351st Signal Company / PALCHIK
  • 7th Armoured Brigade - Has been active since 1948
    • 72nd Battalion was in the 1948 Latrun Battles
    • 75th "Romach"/"Lance" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.2)
    • 77th "Oz"/"Courage" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.4)
    • 82nd "Gaash"/"Rage" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.2)
    • 603rd "Lahav"/"Blade" Armored Engineer Battalion
  • 35th Paratroopers Brigade - Has been active since 1955 and is part of Central Command (Paratrooper units are named after snakes.)
    • 101st "Cobra" Airborne Battalion
    • 202nd "Viper" Airborne Battalion
    • 890th "Echis" Airborne Battalion
    • 5135th "Flying Serpent" Reconnaissance Battalion
      • "Naja" Anti-Tank Company
      • "Coluber" Engineer Company
      • 5173rd "Taipan" Reconnaissance Company
      • "Eryx" Signal Company
  • 84th Nahal Brigade - Has been active since 1982 and is part of Central Command (Nahal units are named after types of rock.)
  • 89th Oz Brigade - Has been active since 2015 and is composed of three special forces units, also known as the "Commando Brigade".
  • 188th Barak Armored Brigade (45th, 188th Armored Brigade) - Has been active since 1948 and is part of Northern Command
    • 53rd "Sufa"/"Storm" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.3)
    • 71st "Reshef"/"Spark" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.3)
    • 74th "Saar"/"Tempest" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.3)
    • 605th "ha-Mahatz"/"The Crush" Armored Engineer Battalion
  • 401st Armored Brigade - Has been active since 1968
    • 9th "Eshet" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.4)
    • 46th "Shelah" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.4)
    • 52nd "Ha-Bok'im"/"The Breachers" Armor Battalion (Merkava Mk.4)
    • 601st "Asaf" Armored Engineer Battalion
  • 460th Brigade (Bnei Or/Sons of Light) - The training formation for Israeli armoured forces and is part of Southern Command
    • 195th "Adam" Training Battalion with Merkava 2
    • 198th "Ezuz" Training Battalion with Merkava 3
    • 532nd "Shelah" Training Battalion with Merkava 4
    • 196th "Shahak" Tank Commanders Training Battalion
    • "Magen"/"Shield" Tank Instructors Training Battalion
  • 900th "Kfir" Brigade - Has been active since 2005 and is part of Central Command
  • 933rd "Givati" Brigade - Has been active since 1948 and is part of Southern Command (most Givati units are named after types of plants.)
    • 424th "Shaked"/"Almond" Infantry Battalion
    • 432nd "Tzabar"/"Cactus" Infantry Battalion
    • 435th "Rotem"/"Retama" Infantry Battalion
    • 846th "Shualey Shimshon"/"Samson's Foxes" Reconnaissance Battalion:
      • "Dikla"/"Palm" Anti-Tank Company
      • "Dolev" Engineer Company
      • "Shualey Shimshon"/"Samson's Foxes" Reconnaissance Company
      • "Maor" Signal Company

Reserve InfantryEdit

Reserve ArmorEdit

  • 4th "Kiryati" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 8th (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 10th "Harel" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 14th "Machatz/Bison" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 37th "Ram" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 205th "Iron Fist" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 263rd "Merkavot ha-Esh/Chariots of Fire" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 679th "Yiftah" (Reserve) Armor Brigade
  • 847th "Chariots of Steel" (Reserve) Armor Brigade

Former brigadesEdit

IDF Brigade InsigniaEdit

ReferencesEdit

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