68th Special Forces Brigade (Bulgaria)
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (March 2013)|
|68th Special Forces Brigade|
|Active||1942 - present|
|Branch||Bulgarian Land Forces|
|Motto||Там, където другите не могат
(Where the others can't)За Родината славата, за нас честта
(The glory is to the Motherland, the honour is to us)
|Equipment||AR-M1, MP5, AR-SF, Arsenal LMG PKM, RPK, RPG-22, Arsenal Shipka, SVD rifle;
Mercedes-Benz G-Class, UAZ-469, other armored vehicles
The 68th Special Forces Brigade (Bulgarian: 68-а бригада Специални Сили) is a special operations formation of the Bulgarian Land Forces. The 68th SF Brigade is also Bulgaria's principal paratrooper unit and includes the 101st Alpine Battalion, which has participated in all conflicts involving Bulgaria.
It was established in 1942 under the name Parashutna druzhina ("Paratrooper battalion"), its initial personnel being 350 soldiers, who received their training in Nazi Germany. It was first thrown in combat in 1944, when Bulgaria already changed its allegiance from the Axis to the Allies and the Soviet Union. The Parashutna druzhina fought with the Wehrmacht in Macedonia and the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen, achieving several victories.
The 68th SF Brigade adopted its current structure in 1975, and until 1989 it participated in all Warsaw Pact multi-national exercises.
- Bulgarian mountain warfare battalion will be spared defence cuts, The Sofia Echo, 7 June 2011
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 68th Special Forces Brigade (Bulgaria).|
|This article about a specific military unit is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This Bulgaria-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|