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Portuguese Army combat units
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Brigada Mecanizada Independente
(Independent Mechanized Brigade)
image by Jorge Candeias, 16 Dec 2003
Description: Shield of silver, five ancient inescutcheons of blue, disposed in cross, those in the flanks facing the center, each charged with eleven silver bezants, 3, 2, 3, 2, 1; diminished and battled border of blue.
- The silver in the field aludes to the knowledge that this Great Unit provides, as Inter-Arms School of the Army, just as happened with the Division Nun’Álvares, its predecessor.
- The ancient inescutcheons, arms of Portugal before El-Rey D. Afonso III, give alusion to the contribution of the Brigade in its mission in the defense of the national territory.
- The diminished border characterizes a Territorial Command and is battled as a difference from the Independent Territorial Commands of the Authonomous Regions; Its colour is that of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Jorge Candeias, 16 Dec 2003,
translating from the Portuguese Army site
Coat of arms
image by Jorge Candeias, 16 Dec 2003, from the Portuguese Army site
B.M.I.’s Golf Group
Agrupamento Golf da Brigada Motorizada Independente
image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2003
This group has a very heraldic coat of arms, whose shield is black with four 8-pointed hollowed mullets disposed vertically, sided by two silver swords. The crest includes the shield of the BMI.
Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2003
Coat of arms
image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2003, from the Portuguese Army site
Hunter Parachutist Battalion
by by João Madureira, 08 Jun 1998
First guidon (guião) of this battalion (no dates mentioned, but the battalion came to existence in 1922), the Hunter Parachutist Battalion. The motto "QUE NUNCA POR VENCIDOS SE CONHEÇAM" means "May they never be known as loosers".Other sites
João Madureira, 08 Jun 1998
- Private webpage about Batalhão de Caçadores Paraquedistas (also avaliable in english)
reported by João Madureira, 08 Jun 1998