21st Armoured Brigade (Greece)

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21st Armoured Brigade
21st Armoured Brigade Emblem Greece.jpg
Emblem of the 21st Armoured Brigade
Active 1970–today
Country Greece
Branch Hellenic Army
Type Armoured
Size 5 Battalions
Part of 16th Mechanized Infantry Division
Garrison/HQ Komotini, Western Thrace
Motto Not how many, but where

The 21st Armoured Cavalry Brigade "Pindus (Greek: XXVI Τεθωρακισμένη Ταξιαρχία Ιππικού «ΠΙΝΔΟΣ», XXVI ΤΘΤ) is a tank formation of the Hellenic Army, based in Komotini, Western Thrace.

History[edit]

The 21st Armoured Brigade was planned in 1968, but delays in acquiring the necessary equipment meant that it began forming at Litochoro on 1 December 1970, and was moved to the Komotini-Alexandroupoli area in September 1971.[1][2] Upon the completion of its formation in 1971, the Brigade comprised the 211th and 212th Medium Tank Battalions (211 & 212 ΕΜΑ), the 21st Reconnaissance Company (21 ΙΛΑΝ), and various support companies.[1]

From 1977 on, all its sub-units have been concentrated at Komotini.[2] On 1 December 2000, it received the honorific title "Pindus Cavalry Brigade".[2]

Structure[edit]

21st Armoured Cavalry Brigade "Pindus"

  • HQ Company (ΙΣΤ)
  • 211th Medium Tank Battalion (211 EMA)
  • 212th Medium Tank Battalion (212 EMA)
  • 646 Mechanized Infantry Battalion (646 M/K ΤΠ)
  • 140 Self Propelled Artillery Battalion (140 Α/K ΜΠΒ)
  • 21st Engineer Company (21 ΛΜΧ)
  • 21st Signal Company (21 ΛΔΒ)
  • 21st Support Battalion (21 ΕYΠ)


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hellenic Army General Staff, Training Directorate/3a (March 1995). Ιστορία Ιππικού - Τεθωρακισμένων [History of the Cavalry–Armour]. Athens: Hellenic Army Printing Office. p. 77. 
  2. ^ a b c Ενημερωτικός οδηγός νεοτοποθετημένων στελεχών στη Φρουρά Κομοτηνής (PDF) (in Greek). Komotini Garrison Command. February 2010. p. 5. Retrieved 31 March 2014.