De Tijger Brigade op Midden Java 1946 - 1949

2-6th Infantry Regiment

The 2-6th Infantry Regiment was an all volunteer unit raised on 16th April 1945 in Sittard from the former guard battalion from north Limburg and got the nickname "Sepatoe Roesak" (ruined shoes). It was attached to 21st Army Group at the end of 1944 and served along the river Maas and stationed in Lottum, Cuyk and Weert. During 1945 part of 2-6th Infantry Regiment was put into action along the border area Achterhoek. In the middle of 1945 the 2-6th Infantry Regiment was stationed in Weert were it guarded the airfield at Venlo.
On 7th May 1945 the 2-6th Infantry Regiment left for 2nd Royal Netherlands Infantry Depot in Fournes France for further training. After which it returned to Sittard were it was put up to strength with members from its sister battalion the 1-6th Infantry Regiment who had volunteered for service in Dutch East India too. While the ones from 2-6th Infantry Regiment who did not want to go was transferred to 1-6th Infantry Regiment. From here it continued by train to Calais on 14th October 1945. Were it sailed to Dover in England with "MS Biaritz". Continuing to Wokingham by train to receive the necessary equipment before leaving for Dutch East India on 28th October 1945 onboard "Nieuw Amsterdam". Since the supreme commander for South East Asia admiral lord Louis Mountbatten had forbidden Dutch troops to set foot on Dutch East Indian soil on 2nd November 1945. The 2-6th Infantry Regiment was directed to Morib Beach in Malacca where it arrived on 20th November 1945. Here it stayed until it was allowed to leave in March arriving in Semarang on 12th March 1946.
In Semarang the 2-6th Infantry Regiment took up positions on the western front along the West Banjir Canal and the airfield Kalibanteng just outside town. A company participated when the Tijger Brigade pulled its first action “Primour” on 1st April 1946. In August 1946 Semarang and Kalibanteng come under heavy attacks twice, which both were repulsed with success. After this the Tijger Brigade took the initiative. On 17th September 1946 they started with the stabilization of the western front. During this actions the 2-6th Infantry Regiment worked together with the 2-13th Infantry Regiment and 1st Regiment Stoottroepen. And among others they seized the old airfield Kembang Haroem and the kampongs Karanganjar and Persilan
During the first days of the 1st Police Action the 2-6th Infantry Regiment got the task to secure Semarang. But on 29th July the 2-6e Infantry Regiment went into action and seized Kaliwoengoe. Two days later they cleared the triangle Kaliwoengoe, Kendal, Wediri together with 1st Regiment Stoottroepen. On the last day of the 1st Police Action the 2-6th Infantry Regiment made contact with the 2-4th Infantry Regiment from the W Brigade in Soebath. This opened a way over land to West Java. After the 1st Police Action the 2-6th Infantry Regiment was stationed east of Salatiga around Bringing. And in January 1948 they took over some positions around Salatiga from the 1st Regiment Stoottroepen. The 2-6th Infantry Regiment stayed in this area until its repatriation leaving onboard "Johan van Oldebarneveldt" on 24th April 1948 and arriving in the Netherlands on 18th May 1948.