The 68th Special Forces Brigade is a special operations task force of the Bulgarian military. The 68th Special Forces Brigade is also Bulgaria’s principal paratrooper unit.
It was established in 1942 under the name Parashutna druzhina which in Bulgarian means Paratrooper battalion, its initial personnel numbered 350 soldiers, who received their training in Nazi Germany. It was first thrown in combat in 1944, when Bulgaria already changed its allegiance from the Axis to the Allies and the Soviet Union. The Parashutna druzhina fought with the Wehrmacht in Macedonia and the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen, achieving several victories.
The 68th SF Brigade adopted its current structure in 1975, and until 1989 it participated in all Warsaw Pact multi-national excercises.
In modern times, most of Bulgaria’s deployments during the Iraq War and the ongoing Afghanistan conflict came from 68th Brigade units.
I served here from 1993 until 1995. The best men I have ever seen!