Guard Hussars

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Gardehusarregimentet
Gardehusar.jpg
Cap Badge of the Guard Hussars
Active November 18, 1614
Country Denmark
Branch Army
Type Horse Guards
Role 1st Battalion – Armoured Infantry
2nd Battalion – Armoured Infantry
3rd Battalion – Reconnaissance
4th Battalion – Armoured Infantry
5th Battalion - Basic Training
Size Five battalions
Part of Hærens Operative Kommando
Garrison/HQ I.Bataljon – Slagelse
II.Bataljon – Slagelse
III.Bataljon – Bornholm
IV.Bataljon – Slagelse
V.Bataljon – Slagelse
Motto In Actis Esto Volucris (Be swift in action)
Engagements Thirty Years War
Torstenson War
Second Nordic War
Scanian War
Nine Years' War
War of the Spanish Succession
Great Nordic War
Napoleonic Wars
First Schleswig War
Second Schleswig War
Operation Weserübung
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Post-invasion Iraq (2003–2011)
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Tommy M. Paulsen
Ceremonial chief HM The Queen of Denmark

The Guard Hussars (Danish: Gardehusarregimentet), abbreviated GHR, is a special cavalry unit, the primary task of which is to place mounted escorts and commando forces at the service of the regent, and to train the guard hussars for various functions in the mobilisation force.[1] The Guard Hussars is one of two cavalry regiments of the Danish Army, and was formed in 2001 through the amalgamation of the original Guard Hussars with two infantry regiments:

Although the Guard Hussars themselves date from 10 February 1762, the Danish Army takes the date of the founding of a regiment from its oldest part, in this case the Zealand Life Regiment, which was founded in 1614. This makes the Guard Hussars the oldest regiment of hussars in the world still operational, it is also the only hussars in mounted parade uniform to still wear the slung and braided pelisse which was formerly characteristic of this class of cavalry. In addition to its operational role, the Guard Hussar Regiment is one of two regiments in the Danish Army (along with the Den Kongelige Livgarde) to be classed as 'Guards'; in this case, the Guard Hussars perform the same role as the Household Cavalry do in the British Army. The ceremonial uniform of the Guard Hussar Regiment dates from 1860.

The motto of the regiment is in Latin: In actis esto volucris, which translates to Be swift in action.

From 1961 to 1972 the regiment was responsible for two armoured battalions, one recon battalion and three infantry battalions. From 1972–2000 the regiment was responsible for one armoured, one mechanised infantry, one reconnaissance and two infantry battalions. From 2000–2004 the regiment was responsible for two armoured, two mechanised infantry, one reconnaissance and two infantry battalions. From 1992–2004 the regiment also had to form two light Reconnaissance Squadrons assigned to the Brigades.

A Guard Hussar soldier interacts with the local population in Helmand, Afghanistan.

Today the Gardehusarregiment is classed as a cavalry regiment, it is in fact a mixed armoured and infantry unit, with four battalions:

  • 1st Battalion – Armoured Infantry(part of 2.Brigade)
  • 2nd Battalion – Armoured Infantry(part of 2.Brigade)
  • 3rd Battalion – Reconnaissance(part of 1.Brigade)
  • 4th Battalion – INTOPS Training(in active)
  • 5th Battalion – Basic Training(part of 2.Brigade)
A Guard Hussar in mounted parade uniform, including the pelisse (jacket), sabretache (pouch) and shabraque (saddlecloth)


References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Guard Hussars". Retrieved July 25, 2009.