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302 Infantry Brigade
302 Infanteriebrigade (302 Infbrig)

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Unit Main Equipment Location Peace Strength War Strength
Staff and Staff Company
302 Infantry Brigade [a]
                  21/24/127/2 (174)
301 Light Reconnaissance Squadron [b]                         7/22/105 (134)
302 Light Reconnaissance Squadron [c]                         7/22/105 (134)
311 Infantry Battalion [d]                         34/117/597/2 (750)
313 Infantry Battalion [e]                         34/117/597/2 (750)
314 Infantry Battalion [e]                    34/117/597/2 (750)
315 Infantry Battalion [f]                         34/117/597/2 (750)
303 Horse Artillery Battalion [g] M101A1 44/105/407/2 (558)
421 Light Transport Company [h]                         5/16/141 (162)
422 Light Transport Company [h]                       5/16/141 (162)

302 Infantry Brigade Peace Strength:
302 Infantry Brigade War Strength: 225/673/3414/12 (4324)

Notes

a. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in Staff and Staff Company, 41 Armoured Brigade up to five and a half years prior to mobilisation.1
b. Filled by mobilisable personnel from 51 Reconnaissance Squadron (RIM) (disbanded in 19832) after their fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period in that unit had expired, up to eight years prior to mobilisation. After 1985 filled by C Squadron, 105 Reconnaissance Battalion (RIM).1 6
c. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 42 Reconnaissance Squadron (disbanded in 19832up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation. After 1985 filled by B Squadron, 105 Reconnaissance Battalion (RIM).1 6
d. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 43 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation.1
e. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 45 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation.1
f. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 12 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to eight and a half years prior to mobilisation.1
g. Filled by mobilisable personnel from 13 Horse Artillery Battalion (RIM) after their fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period in that unit had expired, up to eight years prior to mobilisation.1 6 Organised similarly to the field artillery battalion M114A1, with a staff and support battery and three field batteries. Each field battery had 6 x M101A1 towed howitzer 105 mm. The battalion probably had one brigade liaison group, four battalion liaison groups, and twelve forward observation groups (one for each infantry company).3
h. Filled by personnel from the general pool of mobilisable reserves (vrij-indeelbaar bestand) that had fulfilled their active-duty period in relevant functions up to twelve and a half years prior to mobilisation.1 These companies enabled the brigade to (re)deploy in one move. Each company had three platoons, each probably with 20 x three-tonne truck (DAF YA-314 or perhaps YA-328) and 1 x DAF YA-314 with one-tonne trailer.4

Operational Role

Together with 304 Infantry Brigade and 305 Commando Battalion this brigade formed the mobile general reserve of National Territorial Commander. Missions might include reinforcement of Provincial Military Commands or dealing with enemy airborne forces. 302 Infantry Brigade would operate north of the major rivers (approximately Waal-Nieuwe Maas) from positions around vulnerable points in the west-east Lines of Communications (LOCs). If needed the brigade would be called upon to secure the vital IJssel river crossings against enemy airborne operations.5

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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. NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nr. 514, Planningsmemorandum Reorganisatie Tank- en Verkenningseenheden d.d. 1 november 1982, Bijlage I-B.  
3. VS 6-20/1, 3-4. 
4.Capacity: Geerts, De territoriale beveiliging, 313. Organisation and equipment outline: Website Geschiedenis Bevoorrading en Transport, 105 Transportbataljon. 
5.Felius, Einde oefening, 207-208, 211. Hoffenaar en Schoenmaker, Met de blik, 326. Geerts, op. cit., 311. Line of communications: "A route, either land, water, and/or air, which connects an operating military force with a base of operations and along which supplies and military forces move." US Department of Defense Dictionary, 253.
6. 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.