Danish Division

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Danish Division
Danske Division
Active 1 January 1997 – present
(20 years, 4 months)
Country  Denmark
Branch Flag of Denmark (state).svg Royal Danish Army
Size Division
Garrison/HQ Haderslev Kaserne
Patron Knud Lavard[1]
Motto(s) Velox Et Acer (Quick And Sharp)
Website Official Facebook
Commanders
Current
commander
Major General Flemming Mathiasen
Notable
commanders
R. Allerup

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–[edit]

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

2005–2011[edit]

Danish Division (HQ Haderslev)

  • 1.Brigade
    • Staff Company/1st Brigade, Signal Regiment (Stabskompagni/1. Brigade, Telegrafregimentet)
    • 1st Armoured Battalion, Jutlandish 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, Danske Artilleriregiment)
    • 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, Jutlandish 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/GHR
    • 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

Name Image Origin Type Quantity Notes
Armour
Leopard 1A5DK1 Leopard tank cfb borden.JPG  Germany Main Battle Tank 198
  • 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
Pansret Mandskabsvogn - PMV
(M113)
Jydske Dragonregiment (8108907794).jpg  United States Armored Personnel Carrier 500(apox)

APCs and variants incl:

  • 40 TOW-vehicles
  • 63 Command-vehicles
  • 30 Artilleryobserver-vehicles
  • 42 Medic-vehicles
  • 41 Mortar-vehicles
  • 32 25mm machinegun-vehicles
  • 43 Maintain(fitter)-vehicles (16 (incl crane) Battalion level, 27 Company level)
  • 18 Engineerins-vehicles
  • 153 Infantry-vehicles
Recovery vehicles
Leopard 1 Wisent 1 Wisent 1.JPG  Germany Armoured Recovery Vehicle 11
  • 3 in each of the three brigades
    • 1 in the armoured battalion
    • 1 in the first mechinfantry battalion
    • 1 in the second mechinfantry battalion
  • 1 in the independent armoured battalion
  • 1 in recce battalion
8x8 IVECO EUROTRAKKER Iveco Trakker GTF 8x8.jpg  Italy Armoured Recovery Vehicle 24
  • 6 in each of the three brigades
    • all 6 in the logistik battalion
  • 6 in the independent division logistik battalion
M578 Light Recovery Vehicle ARV M578 in Aalborg Forsvars- og Garnisonsmuseum, pic3.JPG  United States Armoured Recovery Vehicle 17
  • 5 in each of the three brigades
    • 1 in the armoured battalion
    • 1 in the first mechinfantry battalion
    • 1 in the second mechinfantry battalion
    • 1 in the Artillery battalion
    • 1 in the logistik battalion
  • 1 in the independent armoured battalion
  • 1 in the independent division logistik battalion
Pansret Broslagningsvogn Leopard 1 Biber Jydske Dragonregiment (8108841270).jpg  Germany Armoured Vehicle-launched Bridge 8
  • 2 in each of the three brigades
    • 2 in the armoured engineer company
  • 2 in the independent division engineer battalion
Support
M114/39 towed USArmy M114 howitzer.jpg  United States Howitzer 54 Division level
Selvkørende Haubits - SKH
(M109 A2DK)
M109 Howitzer Danish.JPG United States United States Self-propelled artillery 54 Brigade Level
M270 MLRS M270 MLRS Danish.jpg United States United States Multiple rocket launcher 8 Division level
TOW anti-tank system The M220 E4 Tow2 System.jpg  United States Anti-tank missile 88
  • 40 systems on M113
  • 48 systems on wheeled-vehicles
Stinger Anti-aircraft launch system FIM-92 Stinger USMC.JPG  United States surface-to-air missile 48
60mm Light-mortar USMC-120419-M-AB169-002.jpg  United States Mortar 66 Platoon level
81mm Medium-mortar M252 mortar usmc.jpg  United States Canada Mortar 57 41 in M113(Armoured/Selfpropelled)(Company level)
120mm Heavy-mortar JGSDF 120mm mortar RT(20080113).JPG  United States Mortar 40 all towed (Battalion level)
Fennec AS550 050618-Fennec-03.jpg France France Light multipurpose helicopter 12 With TOW anti-tank system
Vehicles (Combat groups)
GD240 MERC GD.jpg  Germany SUV 180 Reconnaissance-Groups
MAN8  Germany tactical trucks 107 Infantery-Groups
MAGIRUS 168  Germany tactical trucks 36 (Engineering-Groups)
HMMWV Jülkat.png  United States Light Armored Car 48 (TOW-Groups)
  • Trucks and Vehicles (numbers unknown)
    • MAN trucks in different size and types (Staff, Logistik, Signals, Heavy transport, etc.)
    • GD240/290 in different types (CO's, XO's, Artillery Observer, Maintain, Liassion, Signals, MP's etc.)
    • MAGIRUS trucks in different size and types (Command post, Supply, Signals, Artillery, etc.)
    • VW Transporter in different types (Liassion, Supply, Maintain, etc.)
    • BMV motorcykel (Ordonace and MP's)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Danske Division. "History of the Danish Division". forsvaret.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  • Danish Division, Haderslev Kaserne, 2007. A presentation of the Danish Division in English.

External links[edit]