Grenadiers' and Rifles Guard Regiment
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The Grenadiers and Rifles Guards Regiment (Dutch: Garderegiment Grenadiers en Jagers) is a regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army; along with the Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene it is one of the two Dutch Guard regiments.
|Garde Grenadiers en Jagers|
|Active||1829 - present|
|Branch||Royal Netherlands Army|
|Role||1st Battalion - Air assault|
1 staff company
One HQ staff company
|Part of||11 Luchtmobiele (Airmobile) Brigade|
|Nickname(s)||Kingscoy (Kings company)|
|Motto(s)||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 conflict (2003–present)
|Lieutenant colonel Ron Sensen|
The regiment was formed in 1995 by the amalgamation of two antecedent regiments, the Garderegiment Grenadiers and the Garderegiment Jagers.
The two antecedent 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), a 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 Royal Military Band of the 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 Grenadiers and Rifles (Rifles). These are the only bands in service in the Guards units of the RNA as the Band and Corps of Drums of the Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene remain disbanded.
- Tiendaagse Veldtocht 1831
- Ypenburg en Ockenburg 1940
- West-Java 1946 - 1949
- East Java 1947 - 1949
- Metalen Kruis