1st Infantry Brigade (Estonia)

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1st Infantry Brigade
1. Jalaväebrigaad
1st Infantry Brigade (Estonia) emblem.png
Insignia of the 1st Infantry Brigade
Active 1917–1940
Country  Estonia
Branch Maavagi crest.svg Estonian Land Forces
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of Estonian Land Forces
Garrison/HQ Tapa
Anniversaries Formed: 25 April 1917
Restored: 1 February 2003
Lieutenant Colonel Veiko-Vello Palm
Uniform Insignia ESTMIL-uniformlogo.jpg
Unit Insignia 1st Infantry Brigade (Estonia) brigade emblem.png

The 1st Infantry Brigade (Estonian: 1. Jalaväebrigaad) is an infantry brigade of the Estonian Land Forces. It is the primary military unit in Northern Estonia. The brigade headquarters is currently based at Tapa and is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Veiko-Vello Palm.


On 25 April 1917, the 2nd Naval Fortress Regiment of the Peter the Great's Naval Fortress was formed in Tallinn, recruited from Estonians. In May 1917, the regiment was renamed 1st Estonian Infantry Regiment. From 1918 to 1920, the unit fought in the Estonian War of Independence. The unit was disbanded after the Soviet occupation in 1940.

On 1 February 2003, the 1st Infantry Brigade was formed in Tallinn. In 2006, the brigade headquarters was moved to Paldiski. On 1 January 2009, the brigade was formed around three battalions: Scouts Battalion, Kalev Infantry Battalion, and the Combat Service Support Battalion. On 1 August 2014, Viru Infantry Battalion, Engineer Battalion, Air Defence Battalion and Artillery Battalion of the former North-Eastern Defence District were added to the 1st Infantry Brigade and headquarters was moved to Tapa.[1]

Current structure[edit]

1st Infantry Brigade (Estonia) emblem.png 1st Infantry Brigade:[2]

List of commanders[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1. jalaväebrigaad" (in Estonian). Estonian Defence Forces. 
  2. ^ "Kaitseväe põhimäärus" (in Estonian). Riigi Teataja. 

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