Royal land power

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Royal land power

coat of arms

Coat of arms of the Koninklijke Landmacht
Lineup January 9, 1814
Country NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
Armed forces Dutch armed forces
Type Armed forces ( army )
structure see subsection
Strength 27,000 soldiers
headquarters Kromhoutkazerne in Utrecht
equipment see subsection
commander Lieutenant General Martin Wijnen
Public relations logo Logo landmacht.svg
War flag Flag of the Royal Netherlands Army.svg

The Koninklijke Landmacht (literally: Royal Army) is the armed land force of the Dutch armed forces .


With around 27,000 soldiers, the Royal Dutch Army is the largest part of the Dutch army . The army is in a process of transformation in order to adapt to the new security policy requirements. For this purpose, among other things, the mechanized Brigade 41 was relocated from Seedorf in Germany back to the Netherlands in 2005.

Most of the Leopard 2 main battle tanks (100 pieces) were sold to Finland. All that remains is a company with 18 vehicles, which is integrated into the German tank battalion 414. This is subordinate to the 43rd Gemechaniseerde Brigade .


Dutch Army, structure 2017


The Dutch army is led by the Commando Landstrijdkrachten (CLAS), the Dutch military command. The command leads both combat units and regional support units. This includes:

Combat Brigades

Support units

The Land Operational Support Units ( Operationeel Ondersteuningscommando Land ) provides combat support and logistics for the brigades through telecommunications, electronic warfare , (artillery) reconnaissance, pioneers, logisticians, paramedics and NBC defense .

  • Command & Control support command ( Command & Control Ondersteuningscommando ), in Stroe
  • Reconnaissance Command ( Joint ISTAR Commando - JISTARC), in 't Harde
  • Fire Support Command ( Vuursteun Commando ), in 't Harde
    • 41st Artillery Division ( 41 Afdeling Artillery )
  • 1st Civil-Military Cooperation Command ( 1 Civiel en Militair Interactiecommando ), in Apeldoorn
  • Supply and Transport Command ( Bevoorrading en Transport Commando ), in Stroe
  • 101 Engineer Battalion ( 101 Geniebataljon ), in Wezep
  • 400 medical battalion ( 400 Geneeskundig bataljon ), in Ermelo
  • Ordnance clearance service ( Explosieven Opruimingsdienst Defensie ), in Soesterberg
  • Land Forces Command Support Group ( Ondersteuningsgroep CLAS ), in Arnhem

Special Forces Command

All special forces fall under the special forces command (Corps Commandotroepen). The command is structured as follows:

  • Staff and supply company ( Stafverzorgings- en instructiecompagnie )
  • Command Company 103 ( 103 Commandotroepencompagnie )
  • Command Company 104 ( 104 Commandotroepencompagnie )
  • Command Company 105 ( 105 Commandotroepencompagnie )
  • Command Company 108 ( 108 Commandotroepencompagnie )

Cooperation with the Bundeswehr

Both the Dutch and the German armies participate in the 1st German-Dutch corps with one division each, if necessary . Its forerunners were the 1st Corps on the German side and the 1st Legerkorps on the Dutch side . A German and a Dutch general alternately take the lead.

On April 4, 2018, the German anti-aircraft missile group 61 in Todendorf (Panker) was placed under a Dutch command.


Light weapons

Pistols and submachine guns

Assault rifles

Machine guns

Sniper rifles


  • Mossberg M590A1 Special Purpose

Grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons

Armored vehicles


Unarmored vehicles


  • Sören Sünkler: Europe's elite and special units. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 3-613-02853-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Carl Schulze / Frank Bötel: Ground-based air defense: From cooperation to integration., April 5, 2018, accessed April 7, 2018 .