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1st Mechanized Division is a mechanized division in the Netherlands military.

Twilight 2000 1st edition Edit

From NATO Vehicle Guide (GDW 0526)

The division was alerted on 15 July 1996 and reached full mobilization on 17 July 1996. When the West German Army crossed the inter-German frontier on 7 October 1996, the 1st MD was ordered to take up positions along the Dutch-German border but was not ordered to take any active part in the fighting. On 6 January 1997, the division, along with the rest of I Leger Korps, was ordered into Germany to join the war against the Warsaw Pact. The division performed well in the fighting in Southern Germany. On 2 January 1998, the division was ordered back to Holland to stop the French invasion. Although the 1st MD couldn't prevent the French from seizing southern Holland, the division fought several sharp bloody skirmishes with elements of the III French Corps. The surviving Dutch government ordered the unit to disengage and move into central Holland to help restore order. Four months later, the division stepped down, and its remaining personnel were sent to other units as replacements.

Current Status: Disbanded

Prewar orbat Edit

1st Mechanized Division (HQ: Schaarsbergen, NL)

11th Mechanized Infantry Brigade (HQ: Schaarsbergen, NL)
12th Staff Company
101st Armored Battalion
12th Mechanized Infantry Battalion
48th Mechanized Infantry Battalion
14th Artillery Battalion
11th Air Defense Battery
11th Engineer Company
11th Medical Company
12th Mech Infantry Brigade (HQ: Nunspeet, NL)
12th Staff Company
59th Armored Battalion
11th Mechanized Infantry Battalion - Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers
13th Mechanized Infantry Battalion
14th Artillery Battalion
12th Air Defense Battery
12th Engineer Company
12th Medical Company
13th Armored Brigade (HQ: Oirschot, NL)
13th Staff Company
11th Armored Battalion - Regiment Huzaren Van Sytzama
49th Armored Battalion
17th Mech Infantry Battalion - Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene
13th Artillery Battalion
13th Air Defense Battery
13th Engineer Company
13th Medical Company

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