Gotland Brigade

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Gotland Brigade
(IB 18, PB 18, MekB 18)
Heraldic arms
Active 1949–2000
Country  Sweden
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Branch Swedish Army
Type Infantry Brigade (1949–1966)
Armored Brigade (1966–1994)
Mechanized brigade (1994–2000)
Size Brigade
Part of Gotland Infantry Regiment (1949–1963)
Gotland Regiment (1963–1982)
MKG (1982–1994)
Milo M (1994–2000)
Garrison/HQ Visby (1949–2000)
Colors Blue and white

Gotland Brigade (MekB 18) (Swedish: Gotlandsbrigaden), was a Swedish Army armoured brigade within the Swedish Armed Forces and acted in different forms between 1949 and 2000. The main parts of the basic training were held at the Gotland Regiment (P 18) within the Gotland Garrison in Visby, Gotland.

History[edit]

In 1963 The brigade was changed from an infantry brigade to an armoured one. The brigade decommissioned in 2000.

Structure in case of war[edit]

The Gotland Brigade did not control any units during peacetime. All units assigned to it in war were trained and maintained by the Gotland Regiment and Gotland Artillery Regiment in Visby.

  • PB 18 - Gotland Brigade (Gotlandsbrigaden) in Visby:
    • Headquarters and Staff Company
    • 1st Armored Battalion with a staff company, 12x Stridsvagn 102R tanks in one company, 28x KP-car m/42 wheeled armoured personnel carriers and 24x Rifle Squads with 8x Pvpj 1110 90mm recoilless rifles in two companies, 4x M/40 105mm howitzers in an artillery battery and a logistic company
    • 2nd Armored Battalion with a staff company, 12x Stridsvagn 102R tanks in one company, 28x KP-car m/42 wheeled armoured personnel carriers and 24x Rifle Squads with 8x Pvpj 1110 90mm recoilless rifles in two companies, 4x M/40 105mm howitzers in an artillery battery and a logistic company
    • 3rd Armored Battalion with a staff company, 12x Stridsvagn 102R tanks in one company, 28x KP-car m/42 wheeled armoured personnel carriers and 24x Rifle Squads with 8x Pvpj 1110 90mm recoilless rifles in two companies, 4x M/40 105mm howitzers in an artillery battery and a logistic company
    • Artillery Battalion with 12x 155mm Haubits m/F towed howitzers
    • 18th Armored Reconnaissance Company with 6x KP-car m/42 wheeled armoured personnel carriers, 12x Jeeps, 12x Recon Teams, 2x Rifle Squads and 4x Pvpj 1110 90mm recoilless rifles
    • 18th Anti-tank Company with 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifles and Bantam anti-tank missiles
    • 18th Engineer Company
    • Logistic Battalion

Name and designation[edit]

Escutcheon of Gotland Regiment and Gotland Brigade.
Designation Name Translation of name Used Notes
IB 18 Gotlandsbrigaden Gotland Brigade 1949–1963
PB 18 Gotlandsbrigaden Gotland Brigade 1963–1994
MekB 18 Gotlands regemente och Gotlandsbrigaden Gotland Regiment and Gotland Brigade 1994–2000

Brigade commanders[edit]

Period Name Rank Comment
1992-1995 Karlis Neretnieks Colonel
1995-1999 Sven-Olof "Olle" Broman Colonel Commander of Gotland Regiment and Gotland Brigade

See also[edit]