Saturday, October 23, 2010

Green Beret - KCT

The Korps Commandotroepen (KCT) are the elite special forces of the Royal Netherlands Army. It is one of the two principal units tasked with special operations in the Netherlands (the other being the Maritime Special Operations Forces - MARSOF, a unit of the Netherlands Marine Corps). 
The KCT is deployable anywhere in the world under any circumstance, conducting all conceivable missions from the full spectrum of special operations, including counter-terrorism overseas (well, that is what they say themselves...).


The roots of the KCT go back to World War II, when under the name of No.2 (Dutch) Troop, the first Dutch commandos were trained in Achnacarry, Scotland, as part of No.10 Inter-allied Commando. The unit was formed on March 22, 1942, the birthday of the present KCT.

The unit was disbanded in October 1945, but its members continued fighting in the Dutch East Indies, while others formed the Stormschool (1945–1950), located in Bloemendaal; in 1949 relocated to the Engelbrecht van Nassaukazerne in Roosendaal, now the home garrison of the present KCT.
Captain Cees Sisselaar (91), formerly Cdr. Para School and 1st para Bn. in the Dutch Indies 

From 1942–1945 the Korps Insulinde was tasked with conducting guerrilla warfare in Sumatra against the Japanese. After the Japanese capitulation, the Korps Insulinde was tasked with the search and rescue of (Dutch) POWs. In November 1945, the unit was disbanded, and its members hooked up with Depot Speciale Troepen and former members of No.2 (Dutch) Troop to form the Regiment Speciale Troepen (1945–1950). This new unit was involved in the Indonesian independence wars after WW2. After Indonesia's independence was acknowledged by the Dutch government in 1949, the RST returned to the Netherlands. On 1 July 1950, on parliamentary recommendation, the RST merged with theStormschool in Roosendaal to form the present Korps Commandotroepen.



The main icon of the KCT is the green beret, only worn by soldiers who successfully completed the Elementary Commando training at the KCT.
Below the red beret of the para-commando's of the 1st Para Compagnie (KNIL) in Nederlands-Indie, 1947-1949.

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