De Tijger Brigade op Midden Java 1946 - 1949
5-5th Infantry Regiment
The 5-5th Infantry Regiment was raised on 1st July 1947 in Schalkhaar. It was made up of conscripts from the year 1947. It left for Dutch East India onboard “Zuiderkruis” on 17th December 1947 and arrived in Semarang on 16th January 1948. Directly of its arrival the 4th company was transferred to the 5-13th Regiment Infanterie in Cheribon, which had only been in existence for a month. After which the 4th company was spread among other battalions on Java.
The 5-5th Infantry Regiment was stationed around Salatiga together with 2-6th Infantry Regiment and 2-7th Infantry Regiment. On 9th April 1948 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment took over the positions from 2-6th Infantry Regiment in Kopeng, Karangdoeren, Setoegoer, Dadapajam and Reksosari. On 5th November 1948 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment was relieved by 411th Infantry Battalion and stationed in Dadapajam, Reksosari and Telogo.
During the 2nd Police Action on 19th December 1948 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment moved over land to Djocjacarta. Except the pioneers who flew to Djocjacarta together with the commandos. Being reunited with the rest of the 5-5th Infantry Regiment on 21st December 1948 when it arrived in Djocjacarta. The day after on 22nd December 1948 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment was ordered to advance towards Magelang, which already was seized by Infanterie V KNIL. Taking over the securing of Magelang on 23rd December 1948. On 24th December the 5-5th Infantry Regiment seized Temanggoeng and on 25th December Parakan. In connexion with operation “Zuid” the 5-5th Regiment Infanterie was transferred to Djocjacarta on 12th and 13th January 1949. This action started on 18th January 1948 and cleared the area south of Djocjacarta. After this action the 5-5th Infantry Regiment took up positions in Sentolo, Barongan, Bantoel and Karangsemoet but after three weeks they were cleared. On 6th March 1949 the Support Company from the 5th Garde Regiment Grenadiers was transferred to the 5-5th Infantry Regiment and stationed in Kota Gedeh. Later on the company was disbanded and its members spread out on the rest of 5-5th Regiment Infanterie. On 16th March the positions in Sentolo, Barongan and Bantoel was given over to 5e Regiment Stoottroepen.
On 18th March 1949 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment was station in Djocjacarta were it stayed until the evacuation of that city on 29th June 1949. On 1st July 1949 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment took over positions around Klaten from Infanterie I KNIL and 4-9th Infantry Regiment but it was given no rest in this area either. After this area was given over to the TNI the 5-5th Infantry Regiment moved to Koedoes. And on 18th December 1949 the 5-5th Infantry Regiment was stationed in Oengaran were it was relieved on 13th March 1950 by the 425th Infantry Battalion. In Semarang the Grenadiers was transferred back to their own unit. And on 20th March 1950 the 5-5th Regiment Infanterie was stationed in Buitenzorg waiting on its repatriation. On 20th April 1950 the 5-5th Regiment Infanterie left onboard “Nelly” arriving back in the Netherlands on 2nd May 1950.