Grenadiers' and Rifles Guard Regiment

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Garde Grenadiers en Jagers
Anefo 910-5046 Staatsbezoek.jpg
Garderegiment Jagers during the state visit of King Baudouin in 1959
Active 1829 - present
Country Netherlands
Branch Army
Type Foot Guards
Role 1st Battalion - Air assault
1 staff company
Size One battalion
One HQ staff company
Part of 11 Luchtmobiele (Airmobile) Brigade
Garrison/HQ Oranjekazerne, Schaarsbergen
Nickname Kingscoy (Kings company)
Motto Grenadiers: Grenadiers vooraan!
Rifles: Allez Chasse!
March Grenadiers March
Engagements Ten Days Campaign
Battle of the Netherlands
* Ypenburg en Ockenburg 1940
Operatie Product
Operatie Kraai
Bosnian War
Cyprus (1998-1999)
Kosovo War
Republic of Macedonia (2001)
War in Afghanistan (2001–2003, 2006-present)
Iraq War (2003–2005)
Commanders
Current
commander
Lieutenant colonel Cas Schreurs

Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers (Grenadiers and Rifles Guards Regiment) is a regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army; it is one of two, along with the Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene that is classed as 'Guards'. The regiment was formed in 1995 by the amalgamation of two antecedent regiments:

  • Garderegiment Grenadiers - Grenadiers Guard Regiment
  • Garderegiment Jagers - Rifles Guard Regiment

History[edit]

These two regiments were formed in 1829 following the withdrawal of the regiments of Swiss mercenaries from Dutch service. Willem I ordered that two regiments would be formed to replace the Swiss, to serve as his guards. Both served with distinction, especially during the Second World War in the defence of The Hague.

The regiment's single battalion currently serves in the airmobile role as part of 11 Luchtmobiele (Airmobile) Brigade. It is organised with an HQ Company (Stafcompagnie), an anti-tank company (Antitankcompagnie) and three infantry companies (Infanteriecompagnie). The three infantry companies and the anti-tank company perpetuate the two antecedent regiments, with 'A' (Koningscompagnie) and 'D' (Wolvencompagnie) companies being classed as Grenadiers and 'B' (Stiercompagnie) and 'C' (Tijgercompagnie) Companies being classed as Jagers (Rifles).

The standard of the Garderegiment Grenadiers in 1992

Battle Honours[edit]

    • Tiendaagse Veldtocht 1831
    • Ypenburg en Ockenburg 1940
    • West-Java 1946 - 1949
    • Oost-Java 1947 - 1949
  • Metalen Kruis
Grenadiers and Jagers march through The Hague on Prinsjesdag, 2013.

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