Al Jahra Force

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Al Jahra Force
Kuwaiti Army 1973.JPG
The Jahra Force in the Golan Heights
Active1973 - 1974
AllegianceEmblem of Kuwait.svg
BranchKuwait Armed Forces
TypeTask force
RoleCombat support of the Arab Armed Forces
PatronMubarak Abdullah Al-Sabah Saleh Mohammed Al-Sabah
Motto(s)لله والوطن والامير God, Country & The Emir
Engagements1973 October War

The Al Jahra Force was a Kuwait task force, of roughly brigade strength, requested by then, Kuwait Minister of Defense,[1] Sheikh Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah and formed by Major General Mubarak Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his deputy Brigadier General Saleh Mohammed Al-Sabah; subsequently being tasked to the respective combat commanders on October 15, 1973, after the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War.[2] The force, consisting of more than 3,000 men, was organized into a Tank Battalion, an infantry battalion, two companies of artillery, an anti-aircraft company and a combat company of the Kuwait 25th Commando Brigade. In addition, the task force also included medical, engineering and signal units. The brigade remained active until the end of September 1974, and then returned to Kuwait after a farewell ceremony in Damascus.

The task force was equipped with Vickers main battle tanks, Ferret armoured car, and Alvis Saracen. The first combat company equipped artillery batteries type Mk F3 155mm self-propelled guns while the second combat company packed 120 mm mortars type. The anti-tank combat units were equipped with Carl Gustav recoilless rifle. The anti-aircraft combat company was equipped with triple barrel anti-aircraft guns type 20 mm.

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  1. ^ Archived 2012-10-24 at the Wayback Machine (Official Website)
  2. ^ [1], List of Arab contributions by country; Sheikh Saad Al-Salim Al-Sabah visiting the Egyptian front in 1972.