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3 Parachute Battalion
SANDF 3 Para emblem.jpg
Active July 1977 – present
Country  South Africa
Type Infantry (Paratroopers)
Role Airborne Infantry
Size Battalion
Garrison/HQ Tempe, Bloemfontein
Nickname(s) Parabats

3 Parachute Battalion is a Citizen Force paratroop unit of the South African Army. It was established in July 1977 within the formation of the Parachute Battalion. Later it was a battalion within 44 Parachute Brigade.

Background[edit | edit source]

With the implementation of one year National Service in South Africa in 1968, 1 Parachute Battalion struggled to administer the Permanent Force and the Citizen Force parabats.[1] To prevent the loss of these trained national servicemen at the end of their one-year service to other units of the South African Defence Force, it was decided to form a new citizen force parachute unit to take these men. The battalion was formed at Tempe in July 1977 of five rifle companies. On 20 April 1978, 3 Parachute Battalion and other parachute units became part of the newly formed 44 Parachute Brigade. 3 Parachute Battalion would take part in Operation Reindeer in Angola during 1978, Elements of this battalion took part in the parachute drop over Cassinga.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Pitta, Robert (1993). South African Special Forces. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1855322943. 
  2. http://www.warinangola.com/

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Pitta, Robert (27 May 1993). South African Special Forces (eBook). Elite (Book 47). Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1855322943. 

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