Danish Artillery Regiment

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Danish Artillery Regiment
Danske Artilleriregiment
Cannon Fire.jpg
A soldier from DAR firing a cannon
Active 1 November 2005 - 28 February 2014
Country  Denmark
Branch Flag of Denmark (state).svg Royal Danish Army
Type Artillery
Part of Hærens Operative Kommando
Garrison/HQ Varde Kaserne, Varde
Nickname(s) DAR
Motto(s) Officium Et Supra (Duty and a bit more)
Regimental belt New Danish Artillery Regiment Stable belt.png
Mascot(s) Saint Barbara
Anniversaries Feast Day December 4

Battle of Nybøl (28 May 1848)
Battle of Fredericia (6 July 1849)
Battle of Isted (25 July 1850)
Battle of Mysunde (12 September 1850)
Battle of Mysunde 2 February 1864

Battle of Dybbøl (18 April 1864)

The Danish Artillery Regiment (DAR, Danish: Danske Artilleriregiment) was an artillery unit of the Royal Danish Army, which was founded on 1 November 2005 when the two artillery regiments in Denmark, Kongens Artilleriregiment and Dronningens Artilleriregiment were merged.


It was created administratively 1 August 2005 by merging the Kongens Artilleriregiment and the Dronningens Artilleriregiment, with the official day creation as 1 November 2005. Danish Artillery Regiment (DAR) was Denmark's only remaining artillery regiment. The regiment was garrisoned in Varde and an artillery unit stationed in Oksbøl camp.

Although the regiment was short lived, its history can be traced back to 1684 when The Royal Artillery Corps was established in Copenhagen. In 1803 the Artillery Corps divided into three brigades; referred to as "Danish Artillery Brigade", "Holstein Artillery Brigade" and "Norwegian Artillery Brigade". The latter was dissolved in 1814 with the loss of Norway. In 1842 the brigades changed to 1st Artillery Regiment (Danish) and 2nd Artillery Regiment (Holstein), respectively, but was overall called "The Royal Artillery Brigade". In connection with the Second Schleswig War between Denmark and Prussia, the second Artillery Regiment (Holstein) was dissolved, in March 1848, when the regiment joined the rebels.

Following Hærloven of 1867, the Second Artillery Regiment was restored by taking 7th-9th Battery and 12. Reinforcement Battery and 2. Train Department from 1st Artillery Regiment.

In 1895 Fæstningsartilleriregimentet was established, which was responsible for Copenhagen fortress artillery. This regiment was disbanded in 1920 when the Danish government admitted that there was no need for a permanent fortification around the capital. In 1909 Kystartilleriregimentet was created.

In 1932, the responsibility for coastal artillery moved from the Army to the Navy, and thus abolished Coastal artillery as an artillery unit.

In 1951, the artillery was organized as follows:

Amalgamation of Danish artillery regiments from 1970 to 2014[edit]

In 1970 the Crown Artillery Regiment and the Zealand Air Defence Regiment merged, continuing as the Crown Artillery Regiment. In 1974 Nørrejyske Artillery Regiment and Jyske Air Defence Regiment merged, continuing as the Nørrejyske Artillery Regiment.

In 1982 the Crown Artillery Regiment and the Zealand Artillery Regiment was merged and reformed into the King's Artillery Regiment. In 2000 Nørrejyske Artillery Regiment and Sønderjyske Artillery Regiment was merged and reformed into the Queen Artillery Regiment. Finally, the two remaining artillery regiments amalgamated d. August 1, 2005 to the Danish Artillery Regiment, and thus all artillery was again in one unit.

1951 1970 1974 1982 2000 2005
Crown Artillery Regiment Crown Artillery Regiment King's Artillery Regiment Danish Artillery Regiment
Zealand Air Defence Regiment
Zealand Artillery Regiment
Nørrejyske Artillery Regiment Nørrejyske Artillery Regiment Queen's Artillery Regiment
Jyske Air Defence Regiment
Sønderjyske Artillery Regiment

In 2014, as part of the Danish Defence Agreement 2013-2017, DAR was disbanded and reformed into Army Combat and Fire Support Center and 1st Danish Artillery Battalion (1DAA), with the later set to carry on the traditions and history of DAR.[1]


  1. ^ "Nye myndigheder, nye baretmærker og farver". Forsvaret.dk (in Danish).