34th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Greece)

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34th Mechanized Infantry Brigade
34th Mechanized Brigade Emblem Greece.jpg
Emblem of the 34th Mechanized Infantry Brigade
Active 1913–1941, ?–today
Country Greece
Branch Hellenic Army
Type Mechanized infantry
Size 5 Battalions
Part of 2nd Mechanized Infantry Division
Garrison/HQ Assiros, Central Macedonia
Motto Be invincible (Ανίκητος εί)

The 34th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (Greek: 34η Μηχανοποιημένη Ταξιαρχία Πεζικού, 34η M/K ΤΑΞ) is a mechanized infantry brigade of the Hellenic Army. It is hadquartered in Assiros and subordinated to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Division.

History[edit]

The brigade traces its history to the 34th infantry Regiment (Greek: 34ο Σύνταγμα Πεζικού, 34ο ΣΠ), which was founded in December 1913 in Florina as a subunit of the 2nd Infantry Division.[1]

The regiment distinguished itself in the Asia Minor Campaign and the Greco-Italian War, becoming one of a handful of units to receive twice the highest Greek award for valour, the Commander's Cross of the Cross of Valour. From June 1999 to January 2003, the brigade formed the bulk of the Greek element of KFOR. In June 2003, the brigade moved its base to Giannitsa.[1]

In 2008, it received the honorary title "Colonel Dialetis Detachment" ("Απόσπασμα Σχου Διαλέτη") to commemorate the bravery of the 34th Regiment under Colonel Dimosthenis Dialetis in the aftermath of the Battle of Dumlupinar in 1922.

As of 2011 the brigade is based at Assiros.

Structure[edit]

  • HQ Company (ΙΣΤ)
  • 34th Armored Battalion (34 EMA)
  • 501st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (501 M/K ΤΠ)
  • 507th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (507 M/K ΤΠ)
  • 108th Self Propelled Artillery Battalion (108 Μ Α/K ΠΒ)
  • 34th Antitank Company (34 ΛAT)
  • 34th Engineer Company (34 ΛΜΧ)
  • 34th Signal Company (34 ΛΔΒ)
  • 34th Support Battalion (34 TYΠ)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ενημερωτικός οδηγός νεοτοποθετημένων στελεχών στο ΣΤΡ 34 Μ/Κ ΤΑΞ" (in Greek). 34th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Personnel Directorate. 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 14 January 2013.