Golani Tree, the Brigade's symbol "My Golani"
|Part of||36th Armor Division, Northern Command|
|Motto||"The No. 1 Brigade"|
|Colors||Brown beret, yellow and green flag|
|March||"Golani Sheli" ("My Golani")|
|Colonel Ghassan Alian|
The Golani Brigade (Hebrew: חֲטִיבַת גּוֹלָנִי, also known as the 1st Brigade) is an Israeli regular service infantry brigade that is subordinated to the 36th Division and traditionally associated with the Northern Command. It is one of the five regular service infantry brigades of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Its symbol is a green tree on a yellow background, and its soldiers wear a brown beret. It is one of the most highly decorated infantry units in the IDF. The brigade consists of five battalions, including two which it kept from its inception (12th and 13th), one transferred from Givati (51st), and two special forces battalions.
The brigade was formed on February 22, 1948 during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, when the Levanoni Brigade in the Galilee split into the 1st Golani Brigade and the 2nd Carmeli Brigade. It has since participated in all of Israel's major wars and nearly all major operations, including the Sinai War, Six-Day War, War of Attrition, Yom Kippur War, Operation Entebbe, Operation Litani, the first and second wars in Lebanon, and various operations during the Palestinian intifadas.
Although the brigade is known for insubordination problems, three of its commanders, Mordechai Gur, Gabi Ashkenazi and Gadi Eizenkot, became IDF Chiefs of Staff. Many more reached the rank of Aluf (Major General).
- 1 History
- 2 Insignia
- 3 Namesakes
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Units
- 6 Commanders of the Golani Brigade
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Founding and initial organization
As the end of the British Mandate of Palestine was fast approaching, the leadership of the Haganah drafted Plan Dalet for its subsequent organization and operations. The plan divided the fighting militia (Field Corps) into six regional brigades – Levanoni in the north, Alexandroni in the Sharon region, Kiryati in the Tel Aviv area, Givati in the Shephelah, and Etzioni in the Jerusalem area. On February 28, 1948, the Levanoni Brigade was split into two—Carmeli in the northwest, and Golani in the northeast.
Golani's area of operations included much of the Lower Galilee and Jezreel Valley, the Jordan Valley and the Huleh Valley. It extended to Jalame and Bat Shlomo in the west. Major population centers included Safed, Tiberias, Beisan and Nazareth. The new brigade included five battalions, with its headquarters in Yavne'el:
|11||Alon||Oak||Upper Galilee ("Tel Hai")||Transferred to Oded in May 1948|
|12||Barak||Lightning||Lower Galilee and Jordan Valley ("Benjamin")|
|13||Gideon||Gideon||East Jezreel Valley ("Simeon")|
|14||Dror||Named after commander, Ya'akov Dror||Jezreel Valley ("Levi")|
|15||Goren||Named after commander, Moshe Goren||Jordan Valley||Created to assist Barak Battalion in the Jordan Valley battles|
|Sources: Baltheim (1982), pp. 30–31; Etzioni (1951), p. 5|
1948 Israeli War of Independence
During the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine, Golani mostly participated in the battles for the mixed cities in the north, such as the Battle of Tiberias and battles in Safed in April–May 1948. The 12th Battalion captured Shajara on May 6, 1948, and the 13th captured Beisan on May 12. After these operations, responsibility over the northeastern part of the brigade's sector (the Tel Hai area, 11th Battalion), was handed over to the Oded Brigade and other forces. In December 1948, the 14th and 15th battalions were merged into the Mechanized Attack Battalion.
The first Golani action following the Arab intervention in the 1948 War was the defense of the Degania Alef and Bet from the Syrian army in the Battles of the Kinarot Valley. Units from the Barak Battalion, with Yiftach (Palmach) and Guard Corps reinforcements, successfully fended off a Syrian attack. The brigade was also successful at repelling Iraqi forces at the Battle of Gesher to the south. After the Jordan Valley battles died out, Golani went on the offensive, attacking a number of Arab villages in its sector, and finally mounting an offensive on Jenin together with the Carmeli Brigade on June 2, 1948. The attack eventually succeeded, but Jenin was retaken by the Iraqi army shortly after.
During the Battles of the Ten Days between the first and second truces of the war (July 8–18, 1948), Golani managed to repel the Arab Liberation Army attack on Sejera from Lubya, and helped capture Nazareth and eventually Lubya in Operation Dekel. Golani also participated in Operation Hiram in October 1948, where at first it staged diversionary attacks from the south, and afterwards went on to capture Eilabun, Mughar, Rameh and other villages in the ALA First Yarmouk Battalion's zone.
In December 1948, the brigade was largely transferred to the south in preparation for Operation Horev. Golani fought the Egyptians in the Gaza Strip, in Operation Assaf, the Battle of Hill 86 and later battles around Rafah. In March 1949, the brigade was tasked with capturing Umm-Rashrash (today Eilat) with the 7th Brigade. Golani advanced through the Arava region in the east, and arrived at the location two hours after the 7th. This was the last operation of the war.
Border wars and Suez Crisis
After the 1948 Arab–Israeli war, the Golani Brigade participated in a number of reprisal raids in the first part of the 1950s. In 1951, a Syrian patrol entered the demilitarized zone near Tel Mutilla, and was attacked by reservist IDF troops. Golani reinforced a reserve battalion and entered a battle that lasted five days, costing the brigade 40 dead and 72 wounded. The battle caused a number of changes in the IDF doctrine and was a catalyst for the creation of Unit 101. On October 28, 1955, after a border incident with Egypt around the Auja al-Hafir demilitarized zone, Golani was tasked with leading Operation Volcano, an attack on the Egyptian army in the area and the largest military operation at the time since the 1948 war.
In the Suez Crisis of 1956, the brigade's task was to capture the area around the city Rafah. The 51st Battalion, formerly of Givati, led the assault on the Rafah Junction. They were ordered to abandon their vehicles after reaching a minefield and coming under fire from Egyptian artillery, although the battalion's sappers slowly created a way forward for a line of vehicles and the battalion captured the intended Egyptian positions. The 12th Battalion captured positions on the Rafah – Khan Yunis road, and the 13th—positions south of Rafah.
In early 1960, after a border incident on the backdrop of the Israeli–Syrian water dispute, Golani destroyed the abandoned village al-Tawafiq, which overlooked Tel Katzir and was used by the Syrians as a military base. In March 1962, Golani launched Operation Swallow against the Syrians at Nuqeib on the east bank of the Sea of Galilee, in response to constant Syrian harassment of Israeli fishermen in the lake. In May 1965, as part of a larger operation, Golani conducted a raid on Shunat Nimrin in Jordan.
On June 7, 1967, Golani units joined Israeli armor in its assault on Nablus, capturing the city by 15:00. The remainder of the brigade was kept in the north for the planned thrust against the Syrian army on the Golan Heights. Planning called for the 12th Battalion to capture Tel Faher and Burj Babil, Banias, Tel Hamra and Ayn Fit. The 51st would take Bahriat, Tel Azaziat and Khirbet as-Suda. The 13th Battalion was left as an operational reserve in the northeastern tip of Israel.
On June 9, the 51st Battalion crossed the border and advanced north along the Syrian patrol road. Its 3rd Company turned west to find Bahriat abandoned, while 2nd Company turned west and flanked Tel Azaziyat. The soldiers drove into a minefield and were forced to abandon their half-tracks, advancing to the trenches of Tel Azaziyat on foot. The battle continued from 16:21 to 17:06, ending in a Syrian surrender. At 16:46, 3rd Company captured Khirbet as-Suda, along with a T-54 tank. Meanwhile, the 12th Battalion split up to assault Burj Babil and Tel Faher. The forces at Tel Faher met stiff resistance and the 2nd Company now in Burj Babil was called to assist them. By 16:20, the southern position at Tel Faher had been taken. At 17:30, the Golani reconnaissance company came from the southeast to reinforce the 12th, and by 18:20, Tel Faher was in Israeli hands.
The 13th Battalion was called to help the 8th Brigade which was operating in the same area. They helped capture a position north of Za'ura, and the village Jbab al-Mis to the south. Just before dawn, the 51st assaulted Banias and captured it, followed by reinforcements from the 45th Brigade that captured Tel Hamra slightly to the north. During the course of the war, the Golani Brigade suffered 59 dead and 160 wounded, of them 23 in the Battle of Tel Faher.
Counter-terror activities between the wars
After the Six-Day War, the activity in northern Israel, where Golani was based, was mostly limited to raids against fedayeen (guerrilla) bases in Jordan, Lebanon and the West Bank (now under Israeli control). The objectives of these raids was to undermine the fedayeen bases in order to prevent attacks against Israelis. The three main raids against Jordan during this period were: the attack on the village Wadi al-Yabis across the river from Tirat Tzvi; the attack on the Cones Position across from Ashdot Ya'akov; and the attack on the Jordanian Ghor canal and defensive line.
The raid on Wadi al-Yabis, codenamed Operation Asuta 12, was carried out by the Golani reconnaissance unit and the 12th Battalion on May 4, 1969. The forces did not meet any resistance and returned after completing the mission of destroying a number of structures. The Cone Position (named after a cone-shaped building on the premises) was attacked by the reconnaissance unit in July 1969. The guerrillas fled, but alerted the Jordanians who opened artillery fire on the Israelis. After blowing up two bunkers, the Israelis returned. The destruction of the Ghor canal was a punitive measure against the Jordanian farmers of the area, from where numerous guerrilla attacks against Israeli farmers were initiated. The three positions defending it did not notice the Israeli forces. While the attack did not go as planned when the bombs laid near the canal were detonated prematurely, it was nevertheless destroyed and the water drained into the Yarmouk River.
On the Lebanese front, Golani participated in numerous raids into southern and eastern Lebanon. In October 1969, the brigade's forces attacked Itarun (Operation Double Bass 1), Tel Sadr al-Arus and 'Arab Zahiran. Twenty-four buildings were destroyed across the three villages. Another operation, Double Bass 10, involved a retaliatory raid on Kfar Kila on January 2, 1970 in response to the kidnapping of an elderly guard from Metula by Fatah two days earlier. Another retaliatory strike came on December 27, 1970, against the village Yatar, a major guerrilla base. A major attack was carried out in response to the 1972 Munich Massacre. On September 16, 1972, Operation Extended Turmoil 4 was launched against bases in southern Lebanon, containing an estimated 600 guerrillas. Golani forces reached the Litani river in the east, while Paratroopers reached Juwaya just south of the river. Most of the guerrilla forces did not engage the Israelis and chose to retreat, although over 40 of them were killed.
In the Gaza Strip, Golani operated according to the new counter-terror IDF doctrine calling for adopting guerrilla tactics, and operating in small teams and in open areas. During this period, Golani units were also stationed along the Bar Lev line and participated in the War of Attrition, especially in the Qantara East area.
Yom Kippur War
Like the rest of the IDF, the Golani Brigade was caught by surprise with the first Arab attack of the Yom Kippur War. The brigade's sector in the Golan Heights was lightly manned, and most of its units were either on leave or preparing for a planned major ceremony. The Syrians attacked in three major locations: near Khushniya, Quneitra and Mas'ada. The 13th Battalion's position on Mount Hermon was overrun on October 6–7, 1973. The brigade was assigned defence of the northern Golan, in preparation for a push to retake the Hermon.
After helping fend off two major Syrian offensives, armored forces joined the battle in the area and gave Golani time to reorganize. A northern and southern force were created, with the southern force taking and defending major positions in the heart of the Golan, including Nafakh, a military base and junction on the Petroleum Road. The Petroleum Road crosses diagonally the northern Golan Heights and the Nafakh base is at the junction with a road which leads down to the strategic Bnot Yaakov Bridge over the Jordan River and into northern Israel. By October 10, those parts of the Golan under the brigade's responsibility were back under Israeli control, and the Syrians were pushed back over the Purple Line. However, the 12th Battalion commander was killed in the battle for Mount Varda. The Israelis went to the offensive in the northern Golan on October 11. The 12th Battalion captured Jubata al-Khashab and Tel al-Ahmad, and later took positions and fended off Syrian attacks in Mazra'at Beit Jan. The 51st took Tel ad-Dahur, and after a failed attack on Beit Jann, took the village Hadar.
After the events of October 6, Israel was determined to recapture Mount Hermon, nicknamed the "eyes of the country". The Second Battle of Mount Hermon commenced on October 8, when the 17th Battalion took tanks and half-tracks up the slopes of the Hermon, but its attack failed and the battalion suffered 25 dead and 57 wounded. During the next 13 days, the Israelis exchanged artillery fire with the Syrians on the Hermon, but the next attack only came on October 21. Operation Dessert saw a joint force of Paratroopers and Golani retake the mountain. Golani staged a three-pronged attack by the 51st Battalion, the reconnaissance unit, and a motorized battalion. The reconnaissance unit captured the cable car position at dawn. The battle ended at 11:00, when the 51st Battalion reported that it had captured the Israeli Golan position.
After the Yom Kippur War, Golani forces were involved in a war of attrition against Syria until the disengagement agreement of May 31, 1974. After the agreement was signed, the brigade, which had lost many of its top officers in the war, was transferred into the Sinai to rebuild and train. They were brought back to the Golan Heights in early 1975.
Operations in southern Lebanon and First Lebanon War
During the 1970s, Golani made frequent raids into Southern Lebanon in its battle against terror attacks and guerrilla raids by the Palestinian Fatah organization. In July 1976, Golani soldiers participated in Operation Entebbe in Uganda. In March 1978, with the launch of Operation Litani, much of the brigade moved to capture the village al-Hiyam. The 12th Battalion captured Marjayoun and Rashaya al-Fukhar. After clearing these villages, Golani units returned to Israel and advanced west along the Litani River, capturing a number of villages and stopping at Abbasiya just east of Tyre.
In Operation Peace for Galilee, which later became known as the First Lebanon War, Golani's 51st Battalion fought in the vicinity of Nabatieh, and on June 6, 1982, the reconnaissance unit attacked the PLO-held Beaufort Castle. The 12th Battalion was subordinated to the Barak Armored Brigade, with a planned thrust along the Lebanese coastal strip to Tyre. This force captured the villages Doha and Kafr Sil on June 9–10, 1982, on the outskirts of Beirut. The brigade also took part in the Siege of Beirut, where its units were present until the end of the war in September 1982.
Second Intifada and after
Two years after the start of the Second Intifada in 2000, Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in response to growing Palestinian attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians. Golani participated in a number of battles against Palestinian militants, including the siege of the Ramallah Mukataa, capture of Tulkarm, and the Battle of Jenin.
The Golani Brigade also participated in Operation Cast Lead. On January 6, 2009, three soldiers from the brigade were killed in northern Gaza in a friendly fire incident. Three other soldiers were severely wounded and twenty more had minor injuries.
Following the deployment of Golani soldiers in Hebron in December 2011, it has been reported that city residents have sensed a 'manifest worsening of soldiers behavior', as a result of 'detention, intimidation, provocation and arrest of children and teenagers; arbitrary detention of Palestinians or blocking access to roads; beating or threatened beating of detained residents; religion-based provocation and insults; forcible entry into homes and violation of Palestinian property' and 'reprisals against local and international human rights activists.'
During Operation Protective Edge, 13 Golani soldiers were killed on July 20, 2014 in Gaza. In the morning, an M113 armoured personnel carrier carrying soldiers from Golani's 13th Battalion drove over an explosive device and caught fire, killing seven who were on board the vehicle, the others died in several different incidents. The commander of the Golani Brigade, Colonel Ghassan Alian, an Israeli Druze and the first non-Jewish commander of the brigade, was injured in an exchange of fire in Gaza that day.
The symbol of the brigade is a green olive tree with its roots on a yellow background. It was drawn by the 12th Battalion's intelligence officer, who came from kibbutz Beit Keshet, home to numerous olive trees. However, other sources claim it's an oak located in Yavne'el. The colors green and yellow symbolize the green hills of the Galilee, where the brigade was stationed at the time of its creation and the olive tree is known for its strong roots that penetrate and firmly hold the land, reflecting the brigade's connection with the State of Israel's heritage. The yellow background on which the tree stands reflects the brigade's role in the south of the country in the war of 1948, when it captured Umm-Rashrash, now Eilat, Israel's southernmost city.
Early Golani soldiers were farmers and new immigrants, so the strong connection to the land (earth) was important to symbolize. For this reason, Golani's soldiers are designated by brown berets. The brown symbolizes the brigade's connection with the soil of the Land of Israel.
The Golani Brigade's official song was written by Amos Ettinger, composed by Efi Netzer and popularly performed by Yehoram Gaon. The song mentions the brigade's many battles, including references to Rafah in the Sinai War, Tel Faher in the Six-Day War, and Mount Hermon in the Yom Kippur War.
Golani Brigade's standard assault rifle is the CTAR-21 Tavor Commando. Other infantry weapons are Negev LMG, FN Mag, M24 SWS and M2 Browning. Rockets and missile include the M72 LAW, RPG-7, Rafael MATADOR, TOW and Spike family.
The Golani Brigade's equipment includes a number of heavy IDF Achzarit armored personnel carriers, which is built around a remanufactured T-55 tank chassis with a new 850 hp (630 kW) engine. The Achzarit is a very heavily armored vehicle designed for the requirements of urban fighting, after Israeli M-113 APCs proved insufficiently armored against car bombs, mines, and rocket-propelled grenades. Today they are replaced by the IDF Namer, advanced heavy APC based on a Merkava chassis. However, as of 2014, the M113 was still seeing combat service as an APC, in the brigade.
|12||Barak Battalion||Lightning||Infantry||1948 (since brigade's founding)|
|13||Gideon Battalion||Gideon||Infantry||1948 (since brigade's founding)|
|51||HaBok'im HaRishon Battalion||First Breachers'||Infantry||1956, following dismantlement of original Givati Brigade|
|621||Egoz Reconnaissance Unit||Nut||Anti-guerrilla special forces||1995: The unit was founded anew in the northern command, and subordinated to Golani, considered the northern regional brigade|
|Reconnaissance Battalion (Gadsar)
(common to all IDF infantry brigades)
|Orev Company||Raven||SF Heavy Weapons|
|Engineering company||SF Combat engineering|
|Reconnaissance company||SF Reconnaissance|
|351||Signal Company (Palhik)||Communications|
Commanders of the Golani Brigade
|Years||Name||Events during tenure||Rank released|
|February–May 1948||Moshe Mann||Battles of the Kinarot Valley||Lieutenant Colonel|
|May–July 1948||Mishael Shaham||Battle of Jenin (1948)||Colonel|
|1948–1950||Nahum Golan (Spiegel)||Operation Hiram, Operation Uvda||Brigadier General|
|1950||Dan Laner||Major General|
|1950–1951||Avraham Yoffe||Major General|
|1951–1952||Meir Amit (Slutzky)||Major General|
|1952–1954||Asaf Simhoni||Major General|
|1954–1955||Issachar Shadmi||Brigadier General|
|1955–1956||Haim Ben David||Major General|
|1956–1957||Binyamin Gibli||Suez Crisis||Colonel|
|1957–1958||Aharon Doron||Major General|
|1958–1960||Elad Peled||Major General|
|1960–1961||Aharon Yariv (Rabinovich)||Major General|
|1961–1963||Mordechai Gur||Lieutenant General|
|1963–1965||Uri Bar Ratzon||Colonel|
|1965–1966||Shlomo Alton||Colonel (KIA)|
|1966–1968||Yona Efrat||Six-Day War||Major General|
|1968–1970||Yekutiel Adam||Major General (KIA)|
|1970–1972||Yehuda Golan||Brigadier General|
|1972–1974||Amir Drori||Yom Kippur War||Major General|
|1974–1975||Uri Simhoni||War of attrition with Syria||Major General|
|1975–1976||Haim Binyamini||Brigadier General|
|1976–1977||Uri Saguy (Eisenberg)||Major General|
|1977–1978||Amir Reuveni||Operation Litani||Brigadier General|
|1978–1980||David Katz||Brigadier General|
|1980–1981||Ilan Biran||Major General|
|1981–1982||Erwin Lavi||First Lebanon War||Brigadier General|
|1982–1984||Immanuel Hert||Brigadier General|
|1984–1986||Tzvi Poleg (Farkash)||Brigadier General|
|1986–1987||Gabi Ofir||Major General|
|1987–1988||Gabi Ashkenazi||Lieutenant General|
|1988–1990||Baruch Spiegel||Brigadier General|
|1990–1991||Moshe Tzin||Brigadier General|
|1991–1993||Yair Naveh||Major General|
|1993–1995||Moshe Kaplinsky||Major General|
|1995–1997||Erez Gerstein||Brigadier General (KIA)|
|1997–1999||Gadi Eizenkot||Major General *|
|1999–2001||Shmuel Zakai||Brigadier General|
|2001–2003||Moshe Tamir||Operation Defensive Shield||Brigadier General|
|2003–2005||Erez Tzukerman||Brigadier General|
|2005–2008||Tamir Yed'i||Second Lebanon War||Brigadier General *|
|2008–2010||Avi Peled||Operation Cast Lead||Brigadier General *|
|2010–2012||Ofek Bukhris||Brigadier General *|
|2012–2014||Yaniv Asor||Colonel *|
|2014–||Ghassan Alian||Operation Protective Edge||Colonel *|
|20 July 2014–||David Zieff||Operation Protective Edge||Colonel *|
|* – on active duty|
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