Danish Division

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The Danish Division (Danish: Danske Division), short DDIV, is the only remaining military land Division in Denmark. It is also the most potent single formation of the Danish armed forces. It was created on 1 January 1997 as the successor of Jutland Division. It is one of the now-two Divisions of Multinational Corps North East (MNC NE), the German-Danish-Polish Corps, the successor to the former German-Danish Allied Land Forces Schleswig-Holstein and Jutland (LANDJUT), a NATO Allied Forces Northern Europe formation.

Due to the Danish Defence agreement 2005–2009 Danish Division is currently undergoing major reorganisation, which will not only reduce the divisional strength but also transform it from the originally mobilization unit into a permanent and available formation. As a result of this, DDIV will possibly be affiliated with Allied Rapid Reaction Corps instead. The current structure consists of an armoured brigade, which is the main combat formation, and a training brigade, plus divisional troops. The armoured brigade consists of a single tank battalion, a reconnaissance battalion and two armoured infantry battalions.

List of Structure by year[edit]

2011–2013[edit]

Danske Division diagram, as part of the Danish army
  • 1.Brigade
    • 1st Armoured Battalion, Jutland Dragoon Regiment (I/JDR Panserbataljon, Jydske Dragonregiment)
    • 1st Armoured Infantry Battalion, Royal Life Guard Regiment (I/LG Panserinfanteribataljon, Den Kongelige Livgarde)
    • 1st Armoured Infantry Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (I/GHR Panserinfanteribataljon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (III/GHR Opklaringsbataljon, Gardehusarregimentet)
  • 2.Brigade
    • 2nd Armoured Infantry Battalion, Jutland Dragoon Regiment (II/JDR Panserinfanteribataljon, Jydske Dragonregiment)
    • 2nd Armoured Infantry Battalion, Royal Life Guard Regiment (II/LG Panserinfanteribataljon, Den Kongelige Livgarde)
    • 2nd Armoured Infantry Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (II/GHR Panserinfanteribataljon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 5th Training Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (II/GHR Uddannelsebatajlon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 5th Training Battalion, Jydske Dragoon Regiment (II/JDR Uddannelsebatajlon, Jydske Dragonregiment)

2005–2011[edit]

Danish Division (HQ Haderslev)

  • 1.Brigade
    • Staff Company/1st Brigade, Signal Regiment (Stabskompagni/1. Brigade, Telegrafregimentet)
    • 1st Armoured Battalion, Jutland Dragoon Regiment (I/JDR Panserbataljon, Jydske Dragonregiment)
    • 1st Armoured Infantry Battalion, Royal Life Guard Regiment (I/LG Panserinfanteribataljon, Den Kongelige Livgarde)
    • 1st Armoured Infantry Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (I/GHR Panserinfanteribataljon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (III/GHR Opklaringsbataljon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 1st Artillery Battalion, Danish Artillery Regiment (1 Artilleriafdeling, Danske Artilleriregiment)
    • 1st Armored Engineer Company, Engineer Regiment (1 Panseringeniørkompagni, Ingeniørregimentet)
    • 1st Logistics Battalion, Logistics Regiment (1 Logistikbataljon, Trænregimentet)
    • 1st Military Police Company, Logistics Regiment (1 Militærpolitikompagni, Trænregimentet)
  • 2.Brigade
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Signal Regiment (II. Uddannelsbataljon, Telegrafregimentet)
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Jydske Dragoon Regiment (II/JDR Uddannelsebatajlon, Jydske Dragonregiment)
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Royal Life Guard Regiment (II/LG Uddannelsebatajlon, Den Kongelige Livgarde)
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (II/GHR Uddannelsebatajlon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 4th Training Battalion, Guard Hussar Regiment (IV/GHR Uddannelsebatajlon, Gardehusarregimentet)
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Danish Artillery Regiment (2 Uddannelseafdeling, Danske Artilleriregiment)
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Engineer Regiment (2 Uddannelsbataljon, Ingeniørregimentet)
    • 2nd Training Battalion, Logistics Regiment (2 Uddannelsbataljon, Trænregimentet)
    • 2nd Military Police Company, Logistics Regiment (2 Militærpolitikompagni, Trænregimentet)
  • Divisional Troops
    • Command & Target Acquisition battalion, Danish Artillery Regiment (3 Førings-og Målopklaringsafdeling, Danske Artilleriregiment)
    • Missile Air Defence battalion, Danish Artillery Regiment (Luftværsmissilafdeling, Danske Artilleriregiment)(disband and merge into Command & Target Acquisition battalion primo 2010, rest of battalion transferred to royal Danish airforce)
    • 3rd Engineer Battalion, Engineer Regiment (3 Ingeniørbataljon, Ingeniørregimentet)
    • 3rd Signal Battalion, Signal Regiment (3 Telegrafbataljon, Telegrafregimentet)
    • 3rd Electronic Warfare Company, Signal Regiment (2 Electronic Warfare kompagni)
    • CIMIC Company, Danish Artillery Regiment (CIMIC kompagni, Danske Artilleriregiment )
    • 3rd Military Police Company, Logistics Regiment (3 Militærpolitikompagni, Trænregimentet)

2000–2005[edit]

Danish Division (HQ Fredericia)

  • 3rd Signal Battalion (support and run Division HQ)
  • 1st Jyske Brigade (HQ Fredericia)
    • 1st Staff Company/TGR,
    • I/PLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • II/PLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • I/JDR Armoured Battalion
    • 1st Reconnaissance Squadron/JDR
    • 3rd Artillery Battalion/DAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 1st Armoured Engineer Company
    • 7th Logistic Battalion
    • 1st MP detachment
  • 3rd Jyske Brigade (HQ Haderslev)
    • 3rd Staff Company/TGR
    • III/PLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • IV/GHR MechInfantery Battalion
    • V/GHR Armoured Battalion
    • 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron/JDR
    • 7th Artillery Battalion/DAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 3rd Armoured Engineer Company
    • 1st Logistic Battalion
    • 3rd MP detachment
  • 1st Seeland Brigade (HQ Slagelse)
    • 4th Staff Company/SJLR
    • I/LG MechInfantery Battalion
    • III/LG MechInfantery Battalion
    • I/GHR Armoured Battalion
    • 4th Reconnaissance Squadron/GHR
    • 1st Artillery Battalion/KAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 4th Armoured Engineer Company
    • 2nd Logistic Battalion
    • 4th MP detachment
  • Divisional Troops
    • II/JDR Armoured Battalion
    • V/JDR Reconnaissance Battalion (Armoured)
    • Anti-tank Helicopter Company
    • Patrol Company/PLR (Long Range/Light Reconnaissance)
    • Division Artillery (HQ Sjælsmark)
      • Staff&Target-Acquisition Battery/KAR
      • 2nd Artillery Battalions/KAR (towed)
      • 23rd Artillery Battalions/DAR (towed)
      • 24th Artillery Battalions/DAR (towed)
      • 18th Rocket-launch Battery/KAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 14th Anti-aircraft rocket Battalion/DAR
    • 3rd Engineering Battalion
    • 3rd Electronic Warfare Company
    • 3rd Logistic Support Battalion
    • Transport Company (Heavy transport)
    • 3rd Military Police Company

1997–2000[edit]

Danish Division (HQ Fredericia)

  • 3rd Signal Battalion (support and run Division HQ)
  • 1st Jyske Brigade (HQ Fredericia)
    • 1st Staff Company/TGR,
    • I/DRLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • I/SLFR MechInfantery Battalion
    • III/JDR Armoured Battalion
    • 1st Reconnaissance Squadron/JDR
    • 3rd Artillery Battalion/NJAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 1st Armoured Engineer Company
    • 7th Logistic Battalion
    • 1st MP detachment
  • 3rd Jyske Brigade (HQ Haderslev)
    • 3rd Staff Company/SLFR
    • I/PLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • II/PLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • I/JDR Armoured Battalion
    • 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron/JDR
    • 7th Artillery Battalion/SJAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 3rd Armoured Engineer Company
    • 1st Logistic Battalion
    • 3rd MP detachment
  • 1st Seeland Brigade (HQ Ringsted)
    • 4th Staff Company/SJLR
    • II/DLR MechInfantery Battalion
    • IV/GHR MechInfantery Battalion
    • I/GHR Armoured Battalion
    • 4th Reconnaissance Squadron/GHR
    • 1st Artillery Battalion/KAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 4th Armoured Engineer Company
    • 2nd Logistic Battalion
    • 4th MP detachment
  • Divisional Troops
    • II/JDR Armoured Battalion
    • V/JDR Reconnaissance Battalion (Armoured)
    • Anti-tank Helicopter Company
    • Patrol Company/DRLR (Long Range/Light Reconnaissance)
    • Division Artillery (HQ Skive)
      • Staff&Target-Acquisition Battery/NJAR
      • 8nd[clarification needed] Artillery Battalions/NJAR (towed)
      • 23rd Artillery Battalions/SJAR (towed)
      • 24th Artillery Battalions/SJAR (towed)
      • 18th Rocket-launch Battery/NJAR (Armoured/Selfpropelled)
    • 14th Anti-aircraft rocket Battalion/SJAR
    • 3rd Engineering Battalion
    • 3rd Electronic Warfare Company
    • 3rd Logistic Support Battalion
    • Transport Company (Heavy transport)
    • 3rd Military Police Company

Equipment from 1997–2005[edit]

As a MechInfantry Division, Danish Division contained

  • 198 Leopard 1A5DK1 MBT
    • 50 in each of the three brigades
      • 30 in the armoured battalion
      • 10 in the first mechinfantry battalion
      • 10 in the second mechinfantry battalion
    • 30 in the independent armoured battalion
    • 18 in recce battalion
  • 88 TOW anti-tank system,
    • 40 systems on M113
    • 48 systems on wheeled-vehicles
  • 12 Eurocopter AS550 Fennec with TOW anti-tank system
  • 500(apox) M113 APCs and variants incl:
    • 40 TOW-vehicles
    • 63 Command-vehicles
    • 30 Artilleryobserver-vehicles
    • 42 Medic-vehicles
    • 38 Mortar-vehicles
    • 32 25mm machinegun-vehicles
    • 73 Maintain-vehicles (33 2Ech, 40 1Ech)
    • 18 Engineering-vehicles
    • 153 Infantry-vehicles
  • 108 155mm artillery pieces
    • 54 M114/39 towed (Division level)
    • 54 M109A5 selfpropelled (Brigade Level)
  • 8 M270 Armoured/Selfpropelled rocket launcher (Division level)
  • Mortarsystems
    • 40 120mm Heavy-mortar, all towed (Battalion level)
    • 56 81mm Medium-mortar, 38 in M113(Armoured/Selfpropelled)(Company level)
    • 63 60mm Light-mortar (platoon level)
  • 48 Stinger Anti-aircraft launch system
  • 8 Leopard(Biber) bridgelayer
  • Recovery vehicles
    • 11 Leopard(BergerPanzer)
    • 17 M578
    • 24 8x8 Iveco

References[edit]

  • Danish Division, Haderslev Kaserne, 2007. A presentation of the Danish Division in English.

External links[edit]