Sjællandske Livregiment

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The Sjællandske Livregiment (Zealand Life Regiment) was a Danish Army infantry regiment. On 1 January 2001 it was closed and replaced by the Gardehusarregimentet which was moved from Næstved to Slagelse.

History[edit]

Sjællandske Livregiment can trace its history back to 1614. The Regiment participated in the Northern Wars (1658–1660), Scanian War (1675–1679), Nine Years' War (1693), Great Northern War (1700), Great Northern War (1709–1720), Slaget på Reden (1801), First Schleswig War (1848–1850) and Second Schleswig War (1864). It was furthermore in foreign war service during 1689–1698 and 1701–1714. The regiment flag has the battle honours Kjøbenhavn 1659, Landskrona 1675, Dybbøl 1849, Isted 1850 and Dybbøl 1864.

From 1960's the regiment had mechanised infantry battalions and infantry battalions, in 1972 it was upgraded with one armoured battalion. In 2000 the regiment, with all battalions, was merged into Gardehusarregimentet.

Before amalgamation, Sjællandske Livregiment was the only infantry regiment that had an armored battalion (designated II/SJLR, from 1972 until 2001). Danish infantry regiments normally only had mechanised infantry battalions and infantry battalions, and only the two cavalry regiments of the Danish army have armored and recce battalions.

Names of the regiment[edit]

  • 17 November 1614 – Sjællandske Kompagni af Skaanske Regiment Knægte
  • 1628 – Sjællandske Nationale Regiment Knægte
  • 1661 – Sjællandske Landregiment til Fods
  • 1679 – Sjællandske Regiment
  • 1768 – Kronprinsens Regiment
  • 1808 – Kongens Regiment
  • 1839 – Kronens Regiment til Fods
  • 1842 – 5. Linie Infanteri-Bataillon
  • 1860 – 5. Infanteri-Bataillon
  • 1863 – 5. Infanteri-Regiment
  • 1865 – 5. Infanteri-Bataillon
  • 1867 – 5. Bataillon
  • 1 November 1951 – 4. Regiment
  • 1961 – 2001 – Sjællandske Livregiment

References[edit]

  • Lærebog for Hærens Menige, Hærkommandoen, marts 1960