After the success of Israel’s paratroopers corps in the 1956 Sinai Campaign, IDF officers learned to parachute
By Ramona Tausz / TimesOfIsrael.com
Soldiers leap from planes and parachutes plummet through the air as IDF men and women undergo intensive parachute training in this newsreel from 1957.
According to the video’s voice-over, “The idea arose out of the Sinai Campaign, when Israeli paratroops landed 200 miles behind the Egyptian lines and disorganized most of their [the Egyptian military’s] communications.”
The IDF Paratroopers Brigade has existed since 1951.
After the Mitla Pass Jump triumph during the Sinai Campaign, the brigade went on to achieve many more military successes for Israel — including liberating the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall during the Six-Days War.
(The Associated Press and Movietone News recently released their vast video archives on YouTube, allowing the public to freely access a million minutes worth of historical news clips dating back to 1895 — including many iconic scenes from Israel’s history featured in this Times of Israel series.)