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44 Pathfinder Company

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44 Pathfinder Company - (2 members)

44 Pathfinder Company was created In the early 1980s from British, American, and mainly Rhodesian professional soldiers recruited by Col Breytenbach into 44 Parachute Brigade to serve as a new fighting arms within 44 Parachute Brigade. They were at that time humorously referred to as "The Philistines". Their envisaged role was to conduct mobile, fighting patrols deep inside Angola.


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19209Posted by

John-Michael Tawse
on 30 January

RE: 44 Pathfinder Company

Question: What was the role of the Pathfinders?
Answer: True purpose of a Pathfinder Team would be the advance Reconnaissance and Preparation of a Drop Zone for an Airborne Assault by Paratroopers. However Pathfinders go through almost the same type of training as Special Forces, only they specialise, mainly Airborne Assault Operations....

19210Posted by

John-Michael Tawse
on 30 January

RE: 44 Pathfinder Company

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19211Posted by

John-Michael Tawse
on 30 January

RE: 44 Pathfinder Company

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YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1981
1
1982
2
TOTAL:
3

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