4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade (Federal Army) - 4. Panzergrenadierbrigade (Bundesheer)

4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade

Association coat of arms of the 4th PzGrenBrig
Lineup 1956
State OsterreichAustria Austria
Armed forces National emblem of the Federal Army of Austria Federal Army
Armed forces Armed Forces
Branch of service Mechanized
Type Panzer Grenadiers
Subordinate troops
Insinuation Federal Ministry for National Defense and Sport
Brigade headquarters Vogler Air Base , Hörsching
Nickname The fourth, the heaviness;
Motto Act with foresight
Colours Schwarz
equipment Main battle tank Leopard 2A4, armored personnel carrier ULAN, self-propelled howitzer M109A,
Brigadekommandant Brigadier Mag. Siegward Schier
Deputy Brigade Commander Oberst Martin Bogenreiter
Chief of Staff Major of the General Staff Service Paul Schönbacher
Identifikationssymbol Comet

The 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade ( 4th PzGrenBrig ) is the mechanized brigade of the Austrian Armed Forces and has several battalions of various branches of service . Your command is stationed in the Hörsching barracks, at Vogler Air Base. The brigade is the Leopard 2 - battle tanks and Ulan armored personnel carriers equipped. [1]

The 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade has formed the Heavy Brigade of the Federal Army since the Federal Army Reform in 2016 , in which all mechanized forces are combined. The association is intended for robust deployments at home and abroad and is crucial for maintaining capabilities in conventional national military defense. [2]

History [3]


The command of the 4th Brigade was formed as Army Group III on August 1, 1956 in Hörsching. In 1962 the name was changed to the 4th Jäger Brigade and on April 1, 1964, the changeover and renaming to the 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade marked the birth of the “Fourth”. The brigade consisted of Panzer Staff Battalion 4, Panzer Artillery Division 4, Panzer Battalion 14, Panzer Grenadier Battalion 13 and Panzer Grenadier Battalion 15 (Aus). In 1968 the command moved its headquarters from Hörsching to Ebelsberg. The 4th PzGrenBrig passed the first practical test, brought about by the invasion of the WAPA states in what was then the CSSR, and impressed with its readiness and commitment.


In 1974, the units of the 4th PzGrenBrig were declared standby units. In 1975 the brigade was placed under the newly formed command of the 1st Panzer Grenadier Division and was restructured as a result. The reorganized brigade was formed from Panzer Staff Battalion 4, Panzer Battalion 4, Panzer Grenadier Battalion 13 and Jagdpanzerbataillon 7.

1983–1984 Setting up of 4 Panzer Artillery Battalion in Gratkorn and subsequent submission to 4th PzGrenBrig. For the brigade, as one of the first units, the assistance deployment began in 1990 at the state border in Burgenland. In the summer of 1991, parts of the “fourth” took part in the security operation on the Austrian-Yugoslav border in Styria and thus contributed to the general calming of the Austrian civilian population. In the course of the reclassification in 1991, the 4th PzGrenBrig was placed under Corps Command III.


When the first women were accepted into the armed forces, the brigade again lived up to its role as a pioneer in 1998.

Also in 1998 the armored artillery battalion 4 was dissolved, but the armored battalion 10 [4] and the armored artillery battalion 9 were subordinated, making the 4.PzGrenBrig the most armored unit of the armed forces. During the PfP large-scale exercise Strong Resolve 02 in Poland in spring, the 4th PzGrenBrig was the first Austrian association to form the core of a multinational brigade. With the formation of the new command of the land forces in 2002 and the resulting reorganization, the brigade consists of Panzer Staff Battalion 4, Panzer Battalion 10, Panzer Battalion 14, Reconnaissance Battalion 1, Reconnaissance Battalion 2, Panzergrenadier Battalion 13 and the Panzer Artillery Battalion 9.


In the course of the subdivision on October 1, 2005, the brigade consisted of the Armored Staff Battalion 4, the Panzer Battalion 14, the Jäger Battalion 12 (Amstetten), the Jäger Battalion 15 (Kirchdorf), the Panzer Grenadier Battalion 9 (Horn), the Panzergrenadier Battalion 13 and the Panzer Artillery Battalion 3 ( Allentsteig). At the end of 2007 the 15 Jäger Battalion was shut down. From May to November 2008 the "fourth" headed the Multinational Task Force South , consisting of units from five nations in Kosovo. On October 1, 2013, after 45 years, the brigade command was relocated from Ebelsberg to Hörsching.

2016 – data

With the LV21.1 reform, the 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade received the addition "Die Schwere". In order to underline this unique selling point, the brigade was assigned the Panzergrenadierbataillon 35 (large medium) as of October 1st, 2016 and at the same time the Jägerbataillon 12 (Amstetten) was transferred to the Lower Austrian Military Command.

Subordinate associations [3]

  • Reconnaissance and Artillery Battalion 4 (Allentsteig, Horn)
The reconnaissance and artillery battalion 4 represents the brigade's reconnaissance component . Its soldiers are active in the front line and feel how far enemy forces have advanced. Furthermore, they provide with their M-109A5Ö-propelled howitzers for the steep fire support of the brigade. After calculating the target coordinates, the artillerymen can hit targets with pinpoint accuracy from many kilometers away or illuminate entire areas within a very short time.
  • Panzerbataillon 14 (Wels)
Panzerbataillon 14 is the mobile, firepower and armored hard core of the Heavy Brigade. With its "Leopard" 2A4 main battle tank, it has two strengths: mobility and firepower. These advantages are particularly effective in flat and hilly areas.
  • Panzergrenadier Battalions 13 and 35 (Ried and Großmittel)
Panzergrenadierbataillons 13 and 35 are particularly flexible thanks to their mix of soldiers and combat armored personnel carriers. Their extraordinary strength lies in the alternation between fighting from an armored personnel carrier and swarming troops into the field.
  • Panzer Staff Battalion 4 (Hörsching, Freistadt, Wels)
The Armored Staff Battalion 4 supports the Heavy Brigade in all tasks: The command support company ensures the connections (radio, telephone, etc.). The workshop company and the supply and transport company are responsible for the repair of vehicles and equipment and also supply the brigade with ammunition, operating materials (fuel, etc.) and field equipment. The soldiers of the NBC defense company are specialists in atomic, biological and chemical threats, and the training company trains junior officers and officer candidates from all over Germany. The headquarters company is available for the battalion's own supply.

See also



  1. 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade. In: Bundesheer.at. Retrieved August 10, 2010 .
  2. ^ The new structures of the armed forces , website www.bundesheer.at, accessed on June 29, 2016
  3. a b BMLVS / Command 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade: 50 years of the 4th Panzer Grenadier Brigade - Festschrift . Ed .: BMLVS. HDruck BMLVS, Hörsching December 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Editing of the 3rd Panzer Grenadier Brigade: "Bringing down the flag" - Panzer Battalion 10 disbanded , 23 January 2007, bundesheer.at