Grenadiers' and Rifles Guard Regiment
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|Garde Grenadiers en Jagers|
|Active||1829 - present|
|Role||1st Battalion - Air assault
1 staff company
One HQ staff company
|Part of||11 Luchtmobiele (Airmobile) Brigade|
|Nickname(s)||Kingscoy (Kings company)|
|Motto||Grenadiers: Grenadiers vooraan!
Rifles: Allez Chasse!
|Engagements||Ten Days Campaign
Battle of the Netherlands
* Ypenburg en Ockenburg 1940
Republic of Macedonia (2001)
War in Afghanistan (2001–2003, 2006-present)
Iraq War (2003–2005)
|Lieutenant colonel Ron Sensen|
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
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 heavy weapons company (Zwarewapenscompagnie) 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).
Serving the Guards in musical support, given the few numbers of military bands in service, are the Central Band of the Royal Netherlands Army "Johan Willem Friso" and the Traditional Grenadier Bugle Band of the Grenadiers' and Rifles Guard Regiment (Grenadiers) and the Veterans Fanfare band and Bugles and Fanfare orchestra of the Rifles (Rifles).
- Tiendaagse Veldtocht 1831
- Ypenburg en Ockenburg 1940
- West-Java 1946 - 1949
- Oost-Java 1947 - 1949
- Metalen Kruis