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Author Topic: History of Dutch units, Fieldartillery  (Read 2438 times)
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« on: 27 December 2009, 23:57:07 »

14th fieldartillery batallion,

This unit is the tradional unit for the artillery, it is tasked with keeping up the historic traditions of the artilleryregiments.
Its based at Het Harde on the Veluwe.


The history of the corps fieldartillery of the Dutch army dates back untill 1677.
In that year  6 artillerycompanies were formed.
The current corps was formed out of the 3 remaining regiments of the army.
In 1950 all names were replaced by numbers for each unit.

Next to 14th artillery the corps fields the support units, the Drone equiped units, the trainingcomponents(OTC) and all other batteries from the manouvreunits, like airdefense artillery,fieldartillery and so on.

One of those regiments was the Prins Frederik regiment.
In march 1953 this regiment was reformed and renamed into 44th fieldartillerybattery.(AFDVA)
End of 1957 the regiment came under command of 1st division.
According to the new rules the number was changed into 14th instead of 44th.
The army fielded 3 AFDVA now, 41, 14 and 11th fieldartillery.

In 1975 the 14th AFDVA became a reserve unit to be called up under arms during mobilisation.
However in 1999 the unit was made operational again.
41st AFDVA was dismantled and that units B company was attached to the newly formed 14th AFDVA.
To this date the army now has two fieldartillery units, 14th and 11th AFDVA.
Because of budgetcuts one battery was dismantled again, so both AFDVAs have two batteries and a support battery.

14th AFDVA is part of 43rd mechanized brigade ans based at the Tonnetbarracks in Het Harde.
The unit is equiped with the new Panzerhaubitze 2000.
Since 2006 attached is a FAC and FO unit.
This enables the batteries to fullfill their task with NATO units from other countries as well.
Firesupport is coordinated with the FACS and FOs.

Short list of operations the 14th participated in:

SFOR9 Bosnia during 2001/2002 and 2004.
EUFOR 1 in 2005 and 2004.
IRAQ SFIR 4 in 2004 and 2005.
Afghanistan in 2006 till today.

Source: Landmacht

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