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43 Armoured Infantry Brigade
43 Pantserinfanteriebrigade (43 Painfbrig)

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Unit Main Equipment Location Peace Strength War Strength
Staff and Staff Company
43 Armoured Infantry Brigade
                  Darp 26/32/109 (167)
32/34/148/2 (216)
41 Armoured Infantry Battalion YPR-765 Ermelo 38/110/512 (660) 44/125/716/2 (887)
47 Armoured Infantry Battalion YPR-765 Darp 38/110/512 (660) 44/125/716/2 (887)
13 Armoured Antitank Company [a] YPR-765 PRAT Oirschot 7/21/82 (110) 9/26/135 (170)
42 Tank Battalion [b] Leopard 1, Leopard 2 38/90/415/2 (545)
42 Armoured Engineer Company                     Darp 8/25/132 (165) 7/27/182 (216)
43 Field Artillery Battalion M109A2/A3 Darp 33/87/305 (425) 31/91/438/2 (562)
43 Brigade Supply Company                         Vierhouten 6/20/119 (145) 8/28/275 (311)
43 Brigade Repair Company                         Darp 8/49/179 (236) 8/49/191 (248)
43 Brigade Medical Company                       Darp 12/18/118 (148) 19/21/144/2 (186)

43 Armoured Infantry Brigade Peace Strength: 169/451/1986 (2606)
43 Armoured Infantry Brigade War Strength: 240/616/3360/12 (4228)


a. Wartime organisation; under command of 13 Armoured Brigade in peacetime.
b. 42 Tank Battalion (RIM) was transitioning from Leopard 1 to Leopard 2, whilst concurrently adopting a new organisation type which would add a fourth tank squadron to the battalion's strength (the old battalion organisation is described in detail here). A Squadron had been re-equipped in September or October 1984, B Squadron in January or February 1985 and C Squadron in May or June 1985. The Staff and Support Squadron was to transition in February 1986, in which month D Squadron would be added as well.1 A, B and C Squadron were filled by mobilisable squadrons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 41 Tank Battalion up to twenty months prior to mobilisation.2 D Squadron, not falling under the RIM system, would be filled by the mobilisable personnel of A Squadron for ten months after their twenty-month RIM period in that unit had expired.2 3 4

Combat Formations

Following the Royal Army's tactical doctrine and established modus operandi the brigade would not fight in the organic order of battle displayed above but form combined-arms battle groups, as illustrated in Unit Organisation and Equipment, Mixed Battalions and Company Teams.


1. SSA-MvD, CLAS/BLS 7486, Memorandum Realisatie Legerplan 149-6A d.d. 25 mei 1984. Ibid., Memorandum Realisatie Legerplan 149-6F d.d. 10 Juli 1985.
2. As 41 Tank Battalion had no squadron on Short Leave, the conscript personnel of its three tank squadrons would skip the usual four to six-month Short Leave period and pass straight into 42 Tank Battalion (RIM) on completion of their active-duty period. The Short Leave period was added to the fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period, thus expanding the latter to up to twenty monhs.
3. NIMH 205A/10, Aflossing van mobilisabele eenheden en -aanvullingen d.d. 11 november 1983. Ibid., d.d. 17 juni 1985. 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). 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.