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414 Tank Battalion
Panzerbattalion 414
414 Pantserbataljon
Panzerbataillon414 Wappen 2016.jpg
Coat of arms
Active forming 2016-2019/fully operational from 2019.
Country  Netherlands  Germany
Branch Royal Netherlands Army, German Army
Type Tank
Size around 400
Garrison/HQ Bergen-Lohheide

414 Tank Battalion (German language: Panzerbataillon 414, Dutch language: 414 Pantserbataljon ) is a mixed German and Dutch tank battalion, consisting out of 100 Dutch and around 300 German soldiers.

The battalion will be formed between 2016 and 2019, and is expected to be fully operational from 2019.[1]

Previously the German battalion, part of the 41st Panzergrenadier Brigade was active from 1991–2006 at Spechtberg. It was established on the basis of the 22nd and 23rd Panzer Regiments, 9th Panzer Division, of the Land Forces of the National People's Army, the former East German Army.[2]

On 17 March 2016, the battalion was attached to the Dutch 43rd Mechanized Brigade which is in turn a part of the German 1st Panzer Division.[3]

The barracks of 414 Panzerbattalion are in Bergen-Lohheide, Lower Saxony.

Structure[edit | edit source]

Insignia of previous Panzerbataillon 414

414 Tank Battalion consists of the following elements:[4]

  • Staff (German, few Dutch)
  • 1 Company (staff and supply, mostly German, few Dutch)
  • 2 Tank Company (German)
  • 3 Tank Company (German)
  • 4 Tank Company (Dutch)

Out of the 100 Dutch soldiers there are 72 tank crew members and 28 staff and maintenance and support crews.

References[edit | edit source]

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