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43rd Mechanized Brigade (Netherlands)

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Active  July 1949–present
Branch  Royal Netherlands Army
Colors  Red & Blue
Country  Netherlands
Type  Mechanized Infantry
43rd Mechanized Brigade (Netherlands)
Size  3500 personnel, including 1000 reservists

43 Mechanized Brigade (Dutch: 43 Gemechaniseerde Brigade) is one of the three brigades of the Royal Netherlands Army. The others being the 13th Motorized Brigade and 11th Airmobile Brigade. The brigade has armored and non-armored vehicles to its disposal. The brigade can be used for combat operations, peacekeeping and ceremonial tasks.


On 17 March 2016, the 43rd Mechanized Brigade was integrated into the German 1st Panzer Division. At the same time, the German 414 tank battalion became one of the units in 43 Mechanized Brigade. In this battalion one of the four companies is manned by Dutch personnel with 16 German Leopard 2A6 tanks.

The Brigades Headquarters as well as most of the units are located at the Johannes Post Barracks in Havelte, in the province Drenthe.


The 43 Mechanized Brigade is made up of the following units:

  • 43rd Mechanized Brigade (43 Gemechaniseerde Brigade) in Havelte
  • 43rd Staff Company in Havelte
  • 414th Panzer Battalion, in Bergen (Mixed German/Dutch unit)
  • 44th Armoured Infantry Battalion, Regiment Infanterie Johan Willem Friso in Havelte
  • 45th Armoured Infantry Battalion, Regiment Infanterie Oranje Gelderland in Havelte
  • 10th National Reserve Battalion with six companies in Assen, Wezep, Schaarsbergen, Stroe and Enschede
  • 11th Armoured Engineer Battalion in Wezep
  • 43 Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron, Huzaren van Boreel in Havelte
  • 43rd Maintenance Company in Havelte
  • 43rd Medical Company in Havelte
  • Equipment

  • 97 Fennek armored reconnaissance vehicles
  • 92 CV90 infantry fighting vehicles
  • 48 Leopard 2A7main battle tanks
  • 6 Fuchs CBRN reconnaissance vehicles
  • References

    43rd Mechanized Brigade (Netherlands) Wikipedia

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