55th Paratroopers Brigade

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The Israel Defense Forces 55th Paratroopers Brigade, also known as the "Tip of The Spear Brigade" (Hebrew: עֻצְבַּת חוד החנית, Utzbat Hod Ha-Hanit), is a reserve-service infantry Brigade in the Israeli Defense Forces. It is subordinate to the 98th Paratroopers Division. It was re-designated as the 247th Paratroopers Brigade from 1969-2006.

The brigade is a paratrooper unit within the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) which over the years has taken part in a number of the IDF's operations, including the Battle of Ammunition Hill during the Six-Day War, Operation Abirey-Halev during the Yom Kippur War,[1] the 1982 Lebanon War and the 2006 Lebanon War. The 55th is famous specifically for being the first Israeli brigade into the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967 and the first to cross the Suez Canal in 1973.


  1. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, The combat ethos is alive and well, Israel Hayom, July 31, 2014.