43rd  Independent  Reconnaissance  Squadron


43 ZVE (43rd Indepedent Reconnaissance Squadron) Regiment Huzaren van Boreel was called up in March 1949, in the Prins Willem-III barracks in Amersfoort. The Squadron was formed in June 1949, supplemented by military personel ex earlier drafts and some other units.
It departed for the then Dutch Indies on 28th September under the command of Cavalry Captain R.O. van Manen per troopship "Volendam".

It was the last cavalry unit to be sent to the Dutch Indies. 1ste Lt. P.J. van der Bijl was the deputy squadron commander.
Platoon commanders, respectivily deputy platoon commanders were conscripted cornets
C.H.Verwey, L.Rombouts, 1ste platoon
F.Broedelet, A.C.Vogel, 2nd platoon
W.S.E. Verbeek van der Sande (quarter-master)
M. ten Have, 3rd platoon
J.Faber, storm platoon
M.H.van der Werff (2nd Lt), maintenance platoon.

A month later the "Volendam" moored in Tandjong Priok harbour on 28th October 1949 and the Squadron disembarked next day and was moved to Bandoeng by train.

Following a tropical training  that took place South of Bandung the 43rd ZVE was split up over various tea plantations in the Patoeha area. The squadron left the Patoeha area during the period January-May 1950 and the platoons were mooved to Bandoeng, Buitenzorg and Batavia. The Squadron staff and the service platoon settled at the Poentjak pass. A good number of patrol activities were carried out to protect convoys from Bandoeng to Tjimahi, Garoet, Poerwakarta, Tji Kampek and Batavia.
After a relatively quiet perod of a few month when the Squadron platoons occupied various out-posts, the 1st platoon was transferred to Batavia and housed in the  
barracks of the 10th Batalion Infantry.

On 12th September 1950 4 hussars of this platoon were transferred to Semarang where they were incorporated with the Platoon Armoured Cars "Middle-Java" Hussars of Boreel. 28th September the 2nd and 3rd platoon rallied in Batavia to be transferred to Soerabaya commanded by the Squadron Commander, to take over from the 42nd ZVE Boreel Hussars Regiment. They sailed for Soerabaya by M.V. "Kota Inten" where they disembarked on 1st October 1950. Both platoons were housed in the Military Police barracks. The platoons importantest task in Batavia as well as in Soerabaya became the prevention of irregularities between KNIL-soldiers and the TNI.

In view of these tasks many patrols were carried out in both towns in cooperation with the MP. In the week before Christmas 1950 the 3rd platoon went to Malang for "Jeep" patrols and to accompany transports of KNIL personel to Soerabaya .On 7th April 1951 the 3rd platoon returned to Soerabaya . Her both they and the 2nd platoon started handing over equipment to the TNI. Between end 1950 and April 1951 bit by bit the Squadron was repatriated to the Netherlands, partly 
by vessel such as "Dorsetshire","Chitral","Nelly", "New Australia", "Ormonde" and "Zuiderkruis", and through  the air per Constallation, the "Tilburg" ( PH-T.E.T) and per DC4, the "Edam" ( PH-T.C.E ) . Part of 43 ZVE were amongst the last members of the Dutch military forces returning home. As from 1952, so shortly after our return home, three refresher training exercises were held, lasting more than 100 days (!) all in all. The first from 21-04-1952 till 14-06-1952 in Amersfoort, the second from 22-11-1954 till 23-12-1954 in Amersfoort and Elsenborn (Belgium) en the last one from 16-10-1956 till 08-11-1956 in Mill (N.Br.) and Vogelsang (Eifel area).

Originally the unit comprised 281 men, 6 of these lost their lifes in the Dutch Indies, 1 died in the Netherlands as a result of his stay in the Indies.

From 1964 reunions were organised in 1964.
As a rule this meetings are held in a barrack in Amersfoort, first in the Willem-III, later in the "Bernhard" except one reunion was held in the "Kumpulan-Bronbeek" near Arnhem, 50 years after our departure to Indonesia.

During our reunion of 28the September 1991 the reunion commission received the Regimental Medal in Silver from the then Cavalry Commander Lieutenant-Colonel J.H.Eleveld for "their devotion to maintaining the mutual ties that began forty years earlier in Indonesia "This they did with extreme enthusiasm by organizing reunions, cycling-events and the publication of an information booklet forming the basis for the strong mutual ties still in existence today".

Our hotline was a method for informing others of the death of an army friend. This falicitates the tendering of the last respects. One person phones two others, etc, the message spreading through the whole of the Netherlands like a rapid "tam-tam". These methode  is in 2006 exchanged for in e-mail and post

Our annual 4 days cycling-event is perhabs unique in the "veteran" world. This event has been taking place since 1988 centered on a camping-farm or groupaccomodation. For 4 days 30 to 40 members of our Squadron experience the cordial "the way it was then " atmosphere, one has to sleep on the old 1949 metal framed beds, the original reveille blares loudly-sadly now mechanically and again too early- and the meals are prepared by our then chefs. Cycling is not considered as the object but more as a means. If possible, also other activities are organized. The annual day of remembrance in Roermond on the average is attended by some 20 old members of 43rd ZVE.

2004 and 2005 the 43rd ZVE took part in the march past of the Veterans in Wageningen, from 2006 in the Hague.
Our contact-publication " Huzarenstukjes" appears  twice per year.
The symbol of 43rd ZVE is the "Busby" hat
An image of this symbol adorned both our metal sleeve as well as our motorised transport.


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         Translated by F.Warmink