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53 Armoured Infantry Brigade
53 Pantserinfanteriebrigade (53 Painfbrig)

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Unit Main Equipment Location Peace Strength War Strength
Staff and Staff Company
53 Armoured Infantry Brigade [a]
                  Harderwijk 2/2/1 (5)
32/34/148/2 (216)
14 Armoured Infantry Battalion [b] YPR-765 45/124/716/2 (887)
46 Armoured Infantry Battalion [c] YPR-765 45/124/716/2 (887)
53 Armoured Antitank Company [d] YPR-765 PRAT 9/26/135 (170)
58 Tank Battalion [e] Centurion Mk 5/2 36/96/433/2 (567)
53 Armoured Engineer Company [f]                     9/25/183 (217)
13 Horse Artillery Battalion [g] M109A2/A3 31/91/438/2 (562)
53 Brigade Supply Company [h]                        8/27/225 (260)
53 Brigade Repair Company [i]                         8/49/196 (253)
53 Brigade Medical Company [j]                       19/21/144/2 (186)

53 Armoured Infantry Brigade Peace Strength: 2/2/1 (5)
53 Armoured Infantry Brigade War Strength: 242/617/3334/12 (4205)

Notes

a.Filled out by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in Staff and Staff Company, 12 Armoured Infantry Brigade up to six and a half years prior to mobilisation.1
b.RIM battalion, filled by mobilisable companies and platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 17 Armoured Infantry Battalion between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
c.RIM battalion, filled by mobilisable companies and platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 47 Armoured Infantry Battalion between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
d.RIM company, filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 12 Armoured Antitank Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
e58 Tank Battalion (RIM) was to transition from Centurion Mk 5/2 to Leopard 1V as a whole in October 1987, concurrently adopting a new organisation type which would add a fourth tank squadron to the battalion's war strength (the old battalion organisation is described in detail here). This is per the planning of July 1985; given the persistence of the problems with the Leopard 1 upgrading programme and the delays these had already caused it is quite possible that further delays occurred. The last Leopard 1V was delivered on 16 December 1987, however.2 A, B and C Squadron were each filled by a mobilisable squadron that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 59 Tank Battalion between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation. D Squadron, not falling under the RIM system, would be filled by the personnel of A Squadron for ten months after their 14 to 16-month RIM period in that unit had expired.3 4
f.RIM company, filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 12 Armoured Engineer Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
g.RIM battalion, filled by mobilisable batteries that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 11 Horse Artillery Battalion between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
h.GRIM company, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 13 Brigade Supply Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
i.GRIM company, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 12 Brigade Repair Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4
j.RIM company, filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 12 Brigade Medical Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 4

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1.NIMH 205A/10, Aflossing van mobilisabele eenheden en -aanvullingen d.d. 27 mei 1980. Ibid., d.d. 11 november 1983. Ibid., d.d. 17 juni 1985.
2.SSA-MvD, CLAS/BLS 7486, Memorandum Realisatie Legerplan 149-4E d.d. 10 juli 1985. According to the initial planning of 1982, 52 Tank Battalion was to transition between March and September 1985, with D Squadron to be added in March 1986. Ibid., Planningsmemorandum Instroming Leopard 1V, Leopard 2 (etc.) d.d. 29 december 1982. The last Leopard 1V delivered: Smit, Leopard 1, 95-96. For a detailed analysis of the problems with the Leopard 1 upgrading programme and their consequences, see NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nr. 682, Aantekening DMKL "Het wapensysteem Leopard 1V" d.d. 28 augustus 1986, 6-8; HTK 1989-1990, kamerstuknr. 21610 ondernr. 2 (Rapport Leopardtanks Algemene Rekenkamer), 52-61, 68-71; Smit, Leopard 1, 95-100.
3.NIMH 205A/10, Aflossing van mobilisabele eenheden en -aanvullingen d.d. 17 juni 1985, Bijlage A1. Previous to that A Squadron, 58 Tank Battalion would have fulfilled their active-duty period as A Squadron, 59 Tank Battalion. Ibid. The ten-month cycle of D Squadron: Selles, Personele vulling, 457.
4.RIM was the Dutch acronym for Direct Influx into Mobilisable Units (Rechtstreekse Instroming in Mobilisabele Eenheden). GRIM was a variant of this system, meaning "Largely RIM" (Grotendeels Rechtstreekse Instroming in Mobilisabele Eenheden). For a survey of the Royal Army's unit filling and reserve system see Gijsbers, Blik in de smidse, 2222-2231; Selles, Personele vulling; Berghuijs, Opleiding, 14-23. In English: Isby and Kamps, Armies, 341-343; Sorell, Je Maintiendrai: The Royal Netherlands Army within the Alliance, 94-96; Van Vuren, The Royal Netherlands Army TodayMilitary Review April 1982, 23-28.