Watch: IDF reenacts only operational parachute jump in the military’s history

About 60 years after the legendary battle, combat soldiers from the 890th Paratrooper Battalion reenacted the daring operation that occurred in the Mitla Pass. They jumped out of aircraft and landed in an open field at Palmachim Airbase. The soldiers then conducted the same ground operations that the paratroopers conducted during the battle in the Sinai Peninsula.
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Yesterday (Wednesday), the 890th Paratrooper Battalion reenacted one of the most memorable and heroic battles in the history of the brigade and the IDF, the parachute jump into the Mitla Pass during the 1956 Suez War, which was the only operational parachute jump in the military’s history. The soldiers received instructions about the mission just like the paratroopers received 60 years ago. “We briefed them just like Raful [Rafael Eitan, the then-commander of the 890th Paratrooper Battalion] did back then,” explained IDF Paratroopers Brigade commander Nimrod Aloni.

The impressive reenactment was conducted as part of the brigade’s week of education during which soldiers even visited combat veterans of the brigade at their homes. Among the soldiers who participated in the reenactment were five paratroopers who are grandsons of veterans who took part in the operation in 1956.

Yesterday morning, 20 paratroopers jumped out of planes and landed in an open field at Palmachim Airbase. The soldiers then reenacted the ground operations that were carried out during the battle. Eventually, the combat soldiers participated in a ceremony in memory for soldiers who fell during the operation.

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