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3. Aufklärungslehrbataillon
3rd German Reconnaissance Battalion.jpg
Battalion Badge
Active 1956—Present
Country  West Germany
Branch  Germany Army
Role Armoured Reconnaissance
Size One battalion
Part of Panzerlehrbrigade 9
Nickname(s) "Lüneburg"
Website Aufklärungslehrbataillon 3
Oberstleutnant Hendrik Staigis

The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (3. Aufklärungslehrbataillon) is a German Army battalion attached to the Panzerlehrbrigade 9 as an armoured reconnaissance battalion.

History[edit | edit source]

The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion was originally formed in 1956 in Lingen attached to the 3rd Panzer Division as an armoured reconnaissance unit. In 1966 the battalion gained a unit ally, the 103rd (Huzaren van Boreel) Armoured Reconanissance Regiment. In 1992 the battalion sent a small contingent as part of the 5th Training Unit to Somalia as part of the Unified Task Force.

In 1996 the battalion moved from divisional reconnaissance to the Panzerlehrbrigade 9 as a heavy armoured reconnaissance battalion. In 1997 the battalion expanded forming a reserve company and also a new airborne reconnaissance company. In 2004 the 9th company deployed as part of KFOR, the 1st Company part of EUFOR, and the 6th Company as ISAF. In 2005 the 310th Airborne Reconnaissance Company detached to the 31st Airborne Brigade. In 2006 the 15th Company deployed as part of KFOR.

In 2007 the battalion was renamed as the 3rd Reconnaissance Training Battalion. The next year the 17th Company deployed as part of ISAF and the battalion was awarded the title of "Lüneburg". During 2010-2011 the 25th Company deployed as part of ISAF and from 2011 to 2012 the 26th/27th Companies deployed again as part of the ISAF. In 2015 the battalion again left the Panzerlehrbrigade 9 and became reorganized according to the HEER2011 reforms. In 2016 the 3rd Company deployed to Mali as part of MINUSMA. From 2018 to 2020 the battalion will be taking part of VJTF (J) 2019. Today the battalion is a light armoured reconnaissance squadron attached to the Panzerlehrbrigade 9 at Theodor Körner barracks.

Organisation[edit | edit source]

The battalion's structure today is as follows:

  • 1st Company - Supply and Support Company
  • 2nd Company - Patrol Company
  • 3rd Company - Light Reconnaissance Company
  • 4th Company - Technical Information Company
  • 5th Company - Reconnaissance and Reserve Company

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