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101 Military Constabulary Battalion
101 Marechausseebataljon (101 Marbat)

101 Marbat11 Maresk51 Maresk32 MarpelStstdet 101 Marbat41 Maresk103 Maresk104 Maresk102 Maresk202 Maresk

Unit Location Peace Strength War Strength
Staff and Staff Detachment
101 Military Constabulary Battalion
Wezep 5/9/9 (23) 5/21/21 (47)
11 Military Constabulary Squadron [a] Arnhem 4/32/129 (165) 4/26/135 (165)
41 Military Constabulary Squadron [b] Harderwijk 3/27/91 (121) 4/26/101 (131)
103 Military Constabulary Squadron Wezep 4/32/129 (165) 4/26/135 (165)
104 Military Constabulary Squadron Wezep 4/32/129 (165) 4/26/135 (165)
51 Military Constabulary Squadron [c] 6/24/136 (166)
102 Military Constabulary Squadron [d] 6/24/136 (166)
202 Military Constabulary Squadron [e] 6/24/136 (166)
32 Military Constabulary Platoon [f] 1/4/29 (34)
101 Military Constabulary Battalion Peace Strength: 20/132/487 (639)
101 Military Constabulary Battalion War Strength: 40/201/964 (1205)


a. In 1985 the equipment of 11 Military Constabulary Squadron comprised 24 x Land Rover, 24 x Moto Guzzi V50, 16 x DAF 66 YA light utility vehicle, 9 x DAF YA-4440 four-tonne truck and 3 x VW Transporter; 4 x M20 or M20B1 Bazooka 3.5 inch, 2 x M2 hmg .50 inch and 5 x MAG gpmg 7.62 mm. Personal armament consisted of a pistol (FN Browning Hi-Power 9 mm), to be augmented with a UZI submachine gun 9 mm in wartime.1
b. 1st Platoon, 41 Military Constabulary Squadron was permanently based in Seedorf (GE) in support of 41 Armoured Brigade, with one group attached to Hohne Barracks.2
c. GRIM squadron, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 41 Military Constabulary Squadron between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.3 7
d. GRIM squadron, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 103 Military Constabulary Squadron between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.3 7
e. GRIM squadron, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 104 Military Constabulary Squadron between four and twenty months to the moment of mobilisation.3 7
f. Filled by mobilisable personnel from 202 Military Constabulary Squadron (GRIM) after their fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period in that unit had expired, up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation.3 7

Operational Role

In wartime three squadrons would be assigned to the divisions, as follows: 11 Squadron to 1 Division, 41 Squadron to 4 Division and 51 Squadron to 5 Division. Their tasks would include providing a staff guard for each of the three divisional command posts, managing and controlling traffic, contributing to area security and taking charge of prisoners of war. The remainder of the battalion would operate in the Corps Rear Area under Commander, Corps Rear Area.4 Its tasks would include providing a staff guard for the command post of 1 (NL) Corps, escorting nuclear transports,5 establishing and managing a prisoner of war camp and a detention camp, managing and controlling traffic and contributing to area security. The battalion was armed with light infantry weapons and had various types of wheeled vehicles for transport, including motorcycles (see also note a).6


1. Bremer, 11 Marechaussee eskadron, 9-10.
2. Thanks to Marco Bijl, who served with this unit in 1989, for bringing this to my attention. See also Anonymus, De dienst van het wapen der Koninklijke Marechaussee bij het 1e Legerkorps, n.p., n.d. (±1970) and several publications archived by Weblog Seedorf40, Legerkiosk, for instance the information booklet Weg...Wijzer voor het niet-dienstplichtig landmachtpersoneel in de Noordduitse laagvlakte (1986), 2-1. 
3. NIMH 205A/10, Aflossing van mobilisabele eenheden en -aanvullingen d.d. 11 november 1983. Ibid., d.d. 17 juni 1985.
4. See Corps Logistic Command, Part I, note a.
5. For instance for the dual capable artillery units of 1 (NL) Corps Artillery.
6. For this paragraph: NL-HaNA 2.13.148 inv. nr. 24, Organisatie KMar 1 Lk d.d. 30 juni 1987. The allocation of 11 Military Constabulary Squadron to 1 Division in wartime is also mentioned in Elands, Van Gils en Schoenmaker, Geschiedenis 1 Divisie, 237; and in Schulten, Zwitzer en Hoffenaar, 1 Divisie, 153.
7. 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; Sorrell, Je Maintiendrai, 94-96; Van Vuren, The Royal Netherlands Army TodayMilitary Review April 1982, 23-28.