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1 Parachute Battalion - (45 members)

1 Parachute Battalion (1 PARA) [Afr: 1 Valskermbataljon] was established on April 1, 1961 as a parachute training battalion, located next to the old Tempe Airfield in Bloemfontein. The unit's first operational mission came in August 1966 when they assisted police in an attack on a People's Liberation Army of Namibia base at Ongulumbashe in western Ovamboland. The unit would be involved in that theatre until the end of the border conflict in 1989. Heliborne fire forces were also used in Ovamboland. In April 1978 the battalion became part of 44 Parachute Brigade. With the eventual disbanding of 44 Parachute Brigade by 1991, the full-time personnel of the brigade were moved back to Bloemfontein and incorporated into what was then known as 1 Parachute Battalion Group.


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1 Parachute Battalion - (45 members)

1 Parachute Battalion (1 PARA) [Afr: 1 Valskermbataljon] was established on April 1, 1961 as a parachute training battalion, located next to the old Tempe Airfield in Bloemfontein. The unit's first operational mission came in August 1966 when they assisted police in an attack on a People's Liberation Army of Namibia base at Ongulumbashe in western Ovamboland. The unit would be involved in that theatre until the end of the border conflict in 1989. Heliborne fire forces were also used in Ovamboland. In April 1978 the battalion became part of 44 Parachute Brigade. With the eventual disbanding of 44 Parachute Brigade by 1991, the full-time personnel of the brigade were moved back to Bloemfontein and incorporated into what was then known as 1 Parachute Battalion Group.


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In 1960 fifteen volunteers from the SADF were sent to England, the majority to train as parachute instructors, some as parachute-packers and one SAAF pilot in the dropping of paratroopers. These formed the nucleus of 1 Parachute Battalion at Tempe in Bloemfontein. The first paratroopers were Permanent Force men, but soon the training of Citizen Force (similar to the National Guard:National Guard of the United States) paratroopers commenced. Members of 1 Parachute Battalion were the first S.A. Army men to see action after WWII when, in 1966, they participated, with the South African Police, against terrorist insurgents in S.W.A. (now Namibia).[citation needed]

In 1966, members of 1 Parachute Battalion participated in the first action in the war in South West Africa during a heliborne assault on an insurgent base. Thereafter, Parabats were involved in operations in SWA/Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and elsewhere on an almost constant basis for over 20 years.

1 Parachute Bn. was organised as follows: Permanent Force - Batt. H.Q., H.Q. Coy and A and B Coy's; Citizen Force: C Coy Cape Town, D Coy Durban, E Coy Pretoria and F Coy Johannesburg. Further battalions were added: 2 Para Batt. in 1971 and 3 Para Batt. in 1977.

In 1974 and 1975 1 Parachute Bn. operated along the Angolan border with S.W.A; along the Caprivi Strip; a platoon jumped near Luiana, Angola to relieve a group of Bushmen trapped by a SWAPO force; and in Operation Savannah during the Angolan Civil War of 1974-5 when 2 companies of 1 Parachute Battalion were dropped on the northern border of SWA at Ruacana and Santa Clara in Angola to relieve two Portuguese communities trapped by the MPLA.

With the coming of 44 Parachute Brigade in April 1978, under the leadership of Brig. M J du Plessis as O.C. and Col J.D. Breytenbach, a co-founder of the Brigade it became a powerful force. The first large airborne exercise of the Parachute Battalion Group took place in 1987 in the North Western Transvaal (now North West Province). With the eventual disbanding of 44 Parachute Brigade its full time personnel were moved to Bloemfontein and incorporated into the 1 Parachute Battalion Group.

In 1986, the Parabats embarked on their first HALO/HAHO (High altitude Low Opening/High Altutude High Opening) course in Bloemfontein. This would enable the Parabats to drop in to enemy territory from aircraft following commercial routes. Two CIA operatives had previously arrived in South Africa in 1981 to train the Parabats in this new form of freefall.




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1 Parachute Battalion was formed from 2 Mobile Watch and reallocated to the SA Infantry Corps on 1 Apr 1961

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Daniel Ackermann
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YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1962
1
1964
1
1973
2
1974
1
1976
2
1978
4
1979
2
1980
1
1981
8
1982
18
1983
2
1984
5
1985
4
1986
3
1987
7
1988
2
TOTAL:
63

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
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