De Tijger Brigade op Midden Java 1946 - 1949
17th Supply and Transport Company
The 17th Supply and transport Company was raised on 15th November 1946 at Detmers Caserne in Eefde. Like a normal Supply and Transport Company it had 5 platoons. Being a Staff Platoon, A Workshop Platoon, two transport Platoons but unlike a common Supply and transport Company it also had a Supply Platoon. I was the Supply Platoons job to distribute the daily and weekly supplies within a Brigade. Beside this it controlled the work on the Bakery and slaughterhouse and Ammunition Storage Yard.
On 25th April 1947 The 17th Supply and transport Company moved by train from Leeuwarden where it been stationed in the meantime to Amsterdam where it left for Dutch East India onboard Boissvain arriving in Tandjong Priok on 21st May 1947. Here the company was stationed in the Governor Office for acclimasation. Because it the weapons had to be transported south of Africa because it was not allow to transport them through the Suez Canal with the men. They went on guard only armed with bamboe sticks thou the opponent only operated 500 metres away. During the 1st Police Action the 17th Supply and transport Company operated on West Java transporting brige equipment and other important things.
After the 1st Police Action the 17th Supply and transport Company was moved by sea to Semarang where it comes under the command of the Tijger Brigade. Where they fulfilled their rule as a supply and transport unit.
In the night between 19th and 20th December 1948 the 17th Supply and transport Company goes into action in the 2nd Police Action on the roads from Salatiga, Demak and Pekalongan transporting equipment.
August 1949 saw the staff and part of the vehicles back in Semarang but only for awhile. After a few weeks the 17th Supply and transport Company returned to Salatiga. It was spread in a huge area thou from Salatiga, Solo, Magelang, Peti to Semarang. Beside this vehicles and drivers found themselves attached to units all over Mid Java.
In November 1949 the whole of 17th Supply and transport Company was moved back to Semarang and stationed around de Gombel. A platoon, which had been transferred from 7th Supply and transport Company stayed in Oengaran thou. The last part of 1949 saw the 17th Supply and transport Company in a less honourable role transporting the opponent even resulting in transports being changed when the opponents was in greater need. In December 1949 the 17th Supply and transport Company handed over their vehicles to the opponent.
On 22nd February 1950 the 17th Supply and transport Company left Dutch East India now Indonesia onboard Volendam arriving back in the Netherlands on 23rd May 1950.