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101 Infantry Brigade
101 Infanteriebrigade (101 Infbrig)

Operational Role | Reorganisation: Army Plan 162

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Unit Main Equipment Location Peace Strength War Strength
Staff and Staff Company
101 Infantry Brigade [a]
                  24/28/113/2 (167)
55 Infantry Battalion [b]                         37/113/681/2 (833)
102 Infantry Battalion [c]                         37/113/681/2 (833)
132 Infantry Battalion [d]                         37/113/681/2 (833)
142 Infantry Battalion [e]                         37/113/681/2 (833)
54 Field Artillery Battalion [f] M114A1 44/104/484/2 (634)
101 Engineer Field Company [g]                         7/21/143/ (171)
101 Brigade Supply Company [h]                         7/27/173 (207)
101 Brigade Repair Company [i]                         6/34/132 (172)
101 Brigade Medical Company [j]                       19/21/145/2 (187)

101 Infantry Brigade Peace Strength:
101 Infantry Brigade War Strength: 255/687/3914/14 (4870)

Notes

a. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in Staff and Staff Company, 42 Armoured Infantry Brigade up to four years prior to mobilisation.1
b. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 45 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to six years prior to mobilisation.1 This battalion was added to the brigade in November 1984.2
c. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 11 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to six years prior to mobilisation.1
d. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 43 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to six years prior to mobilisation.1
e. Filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 41 Armoured Infantry Battalion up to six years prior to mobilisation.1
f. Filled by mobilisable personnel from 14 Field Artillery Battalion (RIM) after their fourteen to sixteen-month RIM period in that unit had expired, up to six years prior to mobilisation.1
g. From mid-1985 filled by mobilisable personnel that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 13 Armoured Engineer Company up to six years prior to mobilisation. Before mid-1985 probably filled by 41 Armoured Engineer Company.1
h. GRIM company, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 42 Brigade Supply Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 7
i. GRIM company, largely filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 42 Brigade Repair Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation.1 7
j. RIM company until mid-1985, filled by mobilisable platoons that had fulfilled their active-duty period in 41 Brigade Medical Company between four and twenty months prior to mobilisation. After mid-1985 the company lost its RIM status, retaining the same personnel until 1988.1 7

Operational Role

In wartime 101 Infantry Brigade would secure the Corps Rear Area, probably in conjunction with 102 and 105 Reconnaissance Battalion.3 <
 
Reorganisation:
 Army Plan 162 4
Between 1988 and 1990 the brigade was reorganised and partly re-equipped, as had been announced in the 1984 Defence White Paper.5 The project was part of Army Plan 162 and included the following measures:
  • The Staff and Staff Company was formed into a tactical staff, analogue to the divisional staff type, enabling the infantry battalions either to be detached to the armoured infantry brigades at the FEBA (Forward Edge of Battle Area) or to be deployed in the Corps Rear Area;
  • 55 and 142 Infantry Battalion were mechanised by equipping them with YPR-765s (with M2 hmg .50 inch); 6
  • The organisation and equipment of 102 and 132 Infantry Battalion were improved; 6
  • The antitank capacity of the four infantry battalions was enhanced by equipping each with twelve TOW atgm systems (hitherto not present in the brigade); 6 
  • 54 Field Artillery Battalion was transferred to 1 (NL) Corps Artillery;
  • 101 Engineer Field Company was transferred to 201 Engineer Combat Group;
  • 101 Supply Company, 101 Repair Company and 101 Medical Company were disbanded, logistic support responsibilities being transferred to corps level. <
 
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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. 643, Planningsmemorandum Legerplan 162 d.d. 1 augustus 1985, 8. <
3. Hoffenaar en Schoenmaker, Met de blik, 388-389. Somewhere between 1985 and 1987 command over the Corps Rear Area, hitherto assigned to Commander, Corps Logistic Command, was transferred to Commander, 101 Infantry Brigade. In 1987 the brigade's staff and staff company, now labelled Staff and Staff Company 101 Infantry Brigade/Rear Area Command, had a peacetime core staff of about twenty men, located in Stroe. Given the fact that in 1985 this unit had a peace strength of nil, and the fact that a 1985 concept for the reorganisation of this unit (NL-HaNA 2.13.182, op. cit., 79-85) does not (yet) include a rear area command element, my conclusion is that in 1985 this command was still held by Commander, Corps Logistic Command. The post-1985 Rear Area Command (Commando Achtergebied, also more correctly referred to as Commando Legerkorpsachtergebied) is mentioned in NL-HaNA 2.13.148 inv. nr. 24, Organisatie KMar 1 Lk d.d. 30 juni 1987, Bijvoegsel 4a bij Bijlage A; Ibid., inv. nr. 694, begeleidende brief en verzendlijst bij Alarmboek LLC d.d. 17 februari 1987; HTK 1988-1989, kamerstuknr. 20800 X ondernr. 43. Additional information kindly provided by M. van Schaik, conscript soldier-administrator with Staff and Staff Company 101 Infantry Brigade/Rear Area Command in 1987-1988 (emails 31.01.2014, 02.02.214). < 
4. NL-HaNA 2.13.182, inv. nr. 643, op. cit., 3-4, 8-10, 16, 68-69, 78. HTK 1983-1984, kamerstuknr. 18169 ondernr. 2 (Defensienota 1984-1993), 99. HTK 1988-1989, kamerstuknr. 20800 X ondernr. 2, 41. Hoffenaar en Schoenmaker, op. cit., 389. <
5. HTK 1983-1984, ibid., 99. <
6. For an overview of the reorganisation of the infantry battalions see Unit Organisation and Equipment, The Infantry Battalion of the Infantry Brigade. <
7. 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 an overview of the Army's unit filling and reserve system see Gijsbers, Blik in de smidse, 2222-2231; Selles, Personele vulling; Berghuijs, Opleiding, 14-23; Isby and Kamps, Armies, 341-343. <