31st Airborne Brigade (Bundeswehr)

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31st (Oldenburg) Airborne Brigade
Luftlandebrigade 31 "Oldenburg"
Luftlandebrigade 31 (Bundeswehr).svg
Formation sign
Active 26 March 1993– 18 September 2014[1]
Country  Germany
Allegiance Bundeswehr
Branch Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Type Stabilisation force brigade
Size ~ 3600 men
Part of Division Spezielle Operationen (Bundeswehr).svg Special Operations Division
Headquarters location Oldenburg
Motto(s) Einsatzbereit – jederzeit – weltweit (“Ready – anytime – worldwide”)
March Fridericus-Rex-Grenadiermarsch
Commanders
Commander Brigadegeneral Reinhardt Zudrop

The 31st (Oldenburg) Airborne Brigade (German: Luftlandebrigade 31 “Oldenburg“) was a 3,600 man strong formation in the German Army with its headquarters in Oldenburg in north Germany. It was subordinated to the Special Operations Division and classified as part of the Army’s stabilisation forces. All elements of the Brigade were stationed in the state of Lower Saxony, the majority in Seedorf.

In 2014 the brigade was restructured as 31st Paratrooper Regiment which joined the 1st Airborne Brigade on 1 April 2015.

Commanders[edit]

The following commanders have led the Brigade (rank given on appointment):

No. Name Takeover date Handover date
8 Brigadegeneral Reinhardt Zudrop 11 November 2010 ---
7 Brigadegeneral Frank Leidenberger 1 June 2008 11 November 2010
6 Oberst Dieter Warnecke 2005 1 June 2008
5 Oberst Rainer Hartbrod 24 October 2003 2005
4 Oberst Hans Günter Engel 12 September 2002 September 2003
3 Oberst Carl-Hubertus von Butler 24 September 1999 12 September 2002
2 Oberst Bernd Müller 28 March 1994 24 September 1999
1 Oberst Volker Löw 26 March 1993 28 March 1994

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

Sören Sünkler: Die Spezialverbände der Bundeswehr. Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag 2007. ISBN 3-613-02592-2

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Coordinates: 53°05′32″N 8°13′14″E / 53.092272°N 8.220649°E / 53.092272; 8.220649