Argentina Paratroopers and military parachutists Around The World by Herbert Holeman Agatha Chrisite Pages by Herbert Holeman, Ph.D.


The Argentine Army is proud of having the distinction of being the first military force in Latin America to field Paratroops organized as a coherent fighting force. This was accomplished at a time when only four other nations, the Soviet Union, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States in that order had such airborne forces.

The paratroop forces are organizationally within the 4th Parachute Brigade (4 Brigada Paracaidista)and functionally is similar to the other infantry brigades, but with parachute capability and once deployed, it can sustain itself in independent action.

Parachute infantry regiments of the Brigade have fought in several conflicts, including the War of the Falklands. During that conflict, known as La Guerra de las Malvinas The airborne brigade's, Artillery Battalion 4 brave defense of its positions won the respect of their British paratroopers and one of the captured pieces now occupies a place in the British Airborne Museum in Aldershot. Today, paratroopers of both countries engage in exchange jump training opportunities. One example is the completion of jump training at the British parachute school in the UK by an Argentine Army Lieutenant who is the son of an Argentine paratroop colonel who fought in the Falklands.

The brigade has participated in peace missions in such places as Angola, Croatia, Cyprus, Kuwait, and Morocco.

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