21st Panzer Brigade (Bundeswehr)

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21st (Lipperland) Armoured Brigade
(Panzerbrigade 21 "Lipperland")
Formation sign for Panzerbrigade 21
Formation sign
Active 15 August 1957–present
Country  Germany
Allegiance Bundeswehr
Branch Army sign German Army
Type Reaction brigade[1]
Size ca. 4,100 men[2][3]
Part of formation sign of 1st Armoured Division (Germany) 1st Armoured Division
Headquarters GFM Rommel Barracks, Augustdorf
Motto Für den Kampf bereit,
um Frieden zu schaffen[4]
March Des Großen Kurfürsten Reitermarsch
Commanders
Commander BrigGen Dirk Backen[5]

The 21st (Lipperland) Armoured Brigade (German: Panzerbrigade 21 "Lipperland", abbreviated to: PzBrig 21) is a brigade in the German Army and part of the Bundeswehr. The brigade staff and most of its units are housed in Generalfeldmarschall Rommel Barracks in Augustdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Several companies are based in Glückauf Barracks in Unna-Königsborn.

The roughly 4,100[2][3] strong brigade is one of the Army's reaction forces and, like Panzerlehrbrigade 9, is subordinate to the 1st Armoured Division whose headquarters is in Hanover.

21st Armoured Brigade was formed in 1957 as Combat Group (Panzerkampfgruppe) C3 in the 3rd Armoured Division and, from 1959 to 2006, was assigned to the 7th "Westphalian" Armoured Division. The Brigade carries the nickname "Lipperland" because it is stationed in the Lippe area.

Organisation

The brigade currently comprises the following units:

  • 25px 21st Panzer Brigade (Panzerbrigade 21) in Augustdorf
    • 20px Staff and Signal Company 21st Panzer Brigade in Augustdorf
    • Coats of arms of None.svg 7th Reconnaissance Battalion (Aufklärungsbataillon 7) in Ahlen with Fennek reconnaissance vehicles and KZO drones
    • 20px 1st Infantry Battalion (Jägerbataillon 1), Schwarzenborn with GTK Boxer armored personnel carriers
    • 20px 203rd Panzer Battalion (Panzerbataillon 203) in Augustdorf with 44x Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks
    • 20px 212th Mechanized Infantry Battalion (Panzergrenadierbataillon 212) in Augustdorf with 44x Puma infantry fighting vehicles
    • 20px 130th Armored Engineer Battalion (Panzerpionierbataillon 130) in Holzminden
    • 20px 7th Supply Battalion (Versorgungsbataillon 7) in Unna

References

  1. Redaktion Heer (2010-12-16). "Auftrag". Bundesministerium der Verteidigung, der Leiter des Presse- und Informationsstabs. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Redaktion Heer (2010-12-16). "Geschichte". Bundesministerium der Verteidigung, der Leiter des Presse- und Informationsstabs. Retrieved 2011-06-02.  – siehe Zeile „2007“: „ Ein [...] Großverband mit ca. 4100 Soldatinnen und Soldaten ...“
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Trauerfeier für getöteten Soldaten in Detmold". Lippische Landes-Zeitung. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2015-03-09.  – „ Derzeit sind rund 1.100 der 4.200 Soldaten der Panzerbrigade 21 in Afghanistan im Einsatz“
  4. Lippische Landes-Zeitung, ed. (in German), [Digitalisat bei Kulturinitiative Detmold/ www.hiergeblieben.de Ein Kommandeur spricht Klartext. Neujahrsempfang: Panzerbrigade 21 ändert ihren Leitspruch], Digitalisat bei Kulturinitiative Detmold/ www.hiergeblieben.de. Retrieved 2011-06-02 
  5. Redaktion Heer (2010-12-16). "Vita Kommandeur". Bundesministerium der Verteidigung, der Leiter des Presse- und Informationsstab des Bundesministeriums der Verteidigung. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

Sources

  • Standortältester Augustdorf, ed. (2000) (in German), Broschüre Standort Augustdorf
Im Herzen des Lipperlandes, Augustdorf: WEKA, pp. 58 

External links

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