|414 Tank Battalion|
Coat of arms
|Branch||Royal Netherlands Army, German Army|
History[edit | edit source]
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.
The barracks of 414 Panzerbattalion are in Bergen-Lohheide, Lower Saxony.
Structure[edit | edit source]
414 Tank Battalion consists of the following elements:
- Staff (German, few Dutch)
- 1st staff company (staff and supply, mostly German, few Dutch)
- 2nd tank company (German)
- 3rd tank company (German)
- 4th tank company (Dutch)
- 5th tank company (German, reserve)
Out of the 100 Dutch soldiers, 72 are tank crew. The other 28 are staff members, maintenance and support crew.
Armament[edit | edit source]
The battalion's main armament is the Leopard 2 A6MA2 main battle tank. The unit has 49 tanks of these upgraded MBT's. The tank is modified with a Dutch battlefield management system. This is done anticipating the fact that 414 Tank Battalion has joined the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) of the NATO Response Force in 2019.
References[edit | edit source]
- Improved Leopards for German-Dutch tank battalion Dutch Ministry of Defence
- Fiorenza, Nicholas (18 September 2015). "Dutch mechanized brigade to be integrated into German panzer division". Jane's Defence Weekly. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160322031908/http://www.janes.com/article/54636/dutch-mechanized-brigade-to-be-integrated-into-german-panzer-division. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- Bennhold, Katrin (20 February 2019). "A European Army? The Germans and Dutch Take a Small Step". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/world/europe/germany-defense-spending-european-army.html. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
- "Panzerbataillon 414 n.A." (in German). Panzerbataillon184.de. http://www.panzerbataillon184.de/pzbtl_414_n_a_.html. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Geschichte" (in German). German Army official website. Bundeswehr. 25 August 2016. http://www.deutschesheer.de/portal/a/heer/!ut/p/c4/TY3BDoIwEET_aNsiJugNwsWrF8VboZuySWmbZcGE-PHCwcSZ5B3mHUa91N5oV_JWKEUb1FN1A137N4yIDI4wzjILmLw5WsEHQoe8RA_lacJh7Jn8_5pt3JB7K5ZCSLE0pXocHw5hSBHloGAU2unZSmLIiSUcZmHeDZBTnTZto8_6F_Opq-JSdFWl21tzV3ma6i85w6-N/. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Gliederung" (in German). German Army official website. Bundeswehr. 25 August 2016. http://www.deutschesheer.de/portal/a/heer/!ut/p/c4/TY27DoMwEAT_yMYElEcHokmZNAnpDD6Zk8zZOg4ioXx8oIiUXWmKnWL1S28lu6C3gpFs0E_d9njp3moAYOUQaJJJlEmrw0X5gOCAZ_KqOIzQDx2j_1-TpRW4s2IxhEiFKfRj_3Cg-kggOwVIcKNnK5FViixhNzPzZhQ63WamqbMy-8V8qlN-zm-lOTbX-q7TOFZfRjSS0A!!/. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
- "Panzerbataillon 414 in Lohheide". March 13, 2018. http://www.deutschesheer.de/portal/a/heer/start/dienstst/1pzdiv/gliederung/43mechbrig/gliederung/panzerbataillon414/.
- "Digitale revolutie op rupsbanden" (in nl-NL). https://magazines.defensie.nl/defensiekrant/2018/08/01_leopard2_08.
- "Grote sprong voorwaarts" (in nl-NL). https://magazines.defensie.nl/materieelgezien/2018/03/05_leopard.
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