De Tijger Brigade op Midden Java 1946 - 1949
2-7th Infantry Regiment
The 2-7th Infantry Regiment was raised on 3rd October 1945 in Amsterdam and was made up from members of the Interior Army in the area of Amsterdam and Gooistreek. On 16th February 1946 the 2-7th Infantry Regiment left for England were it got the necessary equipment in Wokingham before leaving for Dutch East India on 25th March 1946 onboard “Boissevain”. Since admiral Lord Louis Mounbatten the Commander South East Asia had lifted the band on Dutch troops to land on Java ands Sumatra Like so many other Dutch battalions the 2-7th Infantry Regiment was saved from Malacca and arrived in semarang on 21st April 1946.
In Semarang it took over the positions along the Eastern Banjir Kanaal from 1st Regiment Stoottroepen. Beside this it was given the task to secure the harbour area. Beside keeping a company in reserve. It did not take long before the 2-7th Infantry Regiment was put into action participating in different operations. During one of them (operation “Grotesk”) on 31st July 1946 the battalion commander got badly wounded.
At the start of the 1st Police Action on 21st July 1947 the 2-7th Infantry Regiment moved forward through difficult terrain (because of heavy rain) towards Oengaran securing the flank for the main force of the Tijger Brigade. And after a difficult advance the 2-7th Infantry Regiment reached Oengaran in the evening. A few days later the 2-7th Regiment Infanterie took over the seizing of Ambarawa and its surroundings from 1st Regiment Stoottroeoen. And on 4th August 1947 the last day of the 1st Police Action the 2-7th Infantry Regiment seized Bandoengan, Soemoewono and Bandjoe Biroe.
After the 1st Police Action the 2-7th Infantry Regiment got the task to patrol around Ambarawa. And on 15th August 1947 the 2-7th Infantry Regiment participated in the first big clearing operation together with 1st Regiment Stoottroepen and the sister battalion 3-7th Infantry Regiment in the surrounding of Oengaran and Soemoewono. That it was a necessary operation could be seen by the fact that the positions around Bandoengan and Soemoewono come under fire on a daily.
In the end of 1947 the 2-7th Infantry Regiment took over the positions of 1st Regiment Stoottroepen when they returned home to the Netherlands. On 19th July 1948 the 2-7th Infantry Regiment was relieved by the 5th Regiment Stoottroepen. And on 23rd July 1948 it left Dutch East India onboard “Johan van Oldebarneveldt” as the last volunteer unit in the Tijger Brigade to return to the Netherlands arriving on 21st August 1948.