3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade (Federal Army) - 3. Panzergrenadierbrigade (Bundesheer)
3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade
Troop body badge Association badge
|active||1956 to 2016|
|Armed forces||Federal Army|
|Armed forces||Armed Forces|
|Branch of service||Mechanized|
|Insinuation||Federal Ministry for National Defense and Sport|
|Brigade headquarters||Julius Raab barracks, Mautern on the Danube|
|Colours||Infantry green, black|
|Identifikationssymbol||Cross, four-leaf clover|
The 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade ( 3rd PzGrenBrig ) was one of two mechanized brigades of the Austrian Armed Forces until 2016 and owned several battalions of various branches in Lower Austria and Burgenland . Their command was in Mautern on the Danube .
The 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade was set up in Vienna on September 1, 1956 as the 3rd motorized ( infantry ) brigade . To the unit belonged to the battalion 9, 10 infantry battalion and the brigade artillery division 3. In October 1956, took place the laying of Krems . A year later the brigade occupied the Raab barracks in Mautern an der Donau, where the command is still stationed today.
The first armored vehicles were Russian T-34 main battle tanks .
On January 1, 1963, the reclassification into the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade with the Brigade Command and the Armored Staff Battalion 3 in Mautern an der Donau, the Panzer Grenadier Battalion 9 in Horn and Weitra , the Panzer Battalion 10 in St. Pölten-Spratzern and the Armored Artillery Battalion 3 in Allentsteig .
In 1998 the St. Pölten tank battalion 10 was transferred to the 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade (location: Linz - Ebelsberg ). For this, the brigade received the 33rd Panzer Battalion in Zwölfaxing and the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion in Mistelbach .
During this time, the Leopard 2 A4 battle tanks were purchased and the first female recruits were trained.
The badge of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade was a gold-framed black semicircular shield with a white cross. In the shield head above there was a white lettering with the name of the association. At the top left there was a white four-leaf clover, which symbolized the four quarters of Lower Austria.
As a consequence of the refugee crisis in 2015 , the armed forces increased their number of units on the one hand and further specialization and reorganization on the other. For the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade, this meant that it was transferred to the Rapid Operations Command as part of this federal army reform in 2016 .
The brigade last had the following structure:
- Federal Ministry for National Defense and Sport in Vienna
Land forces command in Vienna
- Armed Forces Command in Graz
- Land forces command in Vienna
Strength and armament
In addition to the armored personnel carriers, the large formation also had pioneer, infantry (hunter), reconnaissance and artillery units. The brigade had the following weapons and equipment:
The 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade was specifically deployed for national military defense at home and abroad. In addition, it was also used in disasters and accidents such as avalanches , mudslides and floods. Other tasks included training contingents for peacekeeping missions abroad, such as in Kosovo or Bosnia .
- Lieutenant Colonel / Colonel Franz Zejdlik 1956–1964
- Colonel / Brigadier Paul Dernesch 1964–1970
- Colonel dG Ernst Maerker 1970–1976
- Oberst dG Josef Marolz 1976–1979
- Colonel dG Karl Majcen (entrusted with the leadership) 1979
- Oberst dG Richard Bondi 1979–1981
- Oberst dG Kurt Pirker 1981–1984
- Oberst dG Wilhelm Figl 1984–1986
- Oberst dG/Brigadier Karl-Heinz Fitzal 1986–1992
- Oberstleutnant dG Dieter Jocham (m.d.F.b.) 1992
- Colonel dG / Brigadier Edmund Entacher 1992–2001
- Oberstleutnant dG Kurt Wagner (m. d. F. b.) 2001–2003
- Oberst dG/Brigadier Karl Pronhagl 2003–2009
- Brigadier Anton Wessely 2009–2014
- Oberst Franz Langthaler 2014
- Brigadier Bruno Günter Hofbauer 2014–2015
- Brigadier Christian Habersatter 2015–2019
- Colonel dG Karl Krasser 2019-2020
- Brigadier Christian Habersatter 2020-
- Article about the brigade on the website of the Federal Army
- Article about the handover of command to Brigadier Anton Wessely
- Article about the handover of command to Brigadier Bruno Hofbauer
- Website of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade
- Peter Juster: Men of the first hour . Document on the history of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade (PDF file; 4.82 MB)