Guard Hussar Regiment (Denmark)

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Guard Hussar Regiment
Emblem for the Danish Guard Hussar Regiment.svg
Cap badge of the Guard Hussars
Active 17 November 1614 – present
(403 years, 10 months)
Country  Kingdom of Denmark
Branch Kingdom of Denmark Royal Danish Army
Type Cavalry
Role Armoured Infantry
Size Five battalions
Part of Army Staff
Garrison/HQ I., II., IV & V Battalion – Antvorskov barracks
III.Battalion – Bornholm
Nickname(s) GHR
Motto(s) In Actis Esto Volucris (Be swift in action)
Regimental belt Stable belt GHR

Stable belt SPESK.PNG (Used by III.Bataljon at Bornholm )
March Garderhusarregimentets Signalmarch About this sound Play 
Anniversaries 17 November 1614
10 February 1762
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)
Iraq conflict (2003–present)
Website Official website
Colonel Jens Ole Rossen-Jørgensen
Ceremonial chief HM The Queen of Denmark
Peder Aalborg
Caspar Hermann Gottlieb Moltke
Colours GHR Colours.svg
Standard GHR estandart.svg

The Guard Hussar Regiment (Danish: Gardehusarregimentet, GHR) is a special cavalry unit of the Royal Danish Army, the primary task is to train the Guard Hussars for various functions in the mobilisation force.[1] The Guard Hussars are one of two active cavalry regiments of the Danish Army, and was formed in 2001 through the amalgamation of the original Guard Hussars regiment, Zealand Life Regiment and Danish Life Regiment.[2]


Origins of the regiment[edit]

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

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 one of 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 Mounted Squadron perform the same role as the Household Cavalry do in the British Army.

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.

2001 amalgamation[edit]

With the amalgamation of the three infantry regiments, in 2001; the name and history of the new regiment had to be decided. This led to what in media called "the Colonels' War" (Danish: Oberstkrigen), with the three colonels fighting for their regiment's name and history to survive.[3]

Modern times[edit]

Following the amalgamation, the Guard Hussar Regiment have participate in a number of international missions, which have resulted in the loss of 16 soldiers.[4]


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

  • None.svg 1st Battalion – Armoured Infantry (part of 2nd Brigade)
  • GHR Shield 2.svg 2nd Battalion – Armoured Infantry (part of 2nd Brigade) motto:Thors lyn – Thors Hammer (Thor's lightning - Thor's Hammer)
  • GHR Shield 3.svg 3rd Battalion – Reconnaissance (part of 1st Brigade) motto:Nec temere nec timide (Neither random nor timidly)
    • 3rd Battalion Staff
    • 1st Light Reconnaissance Squadron (1 LOPKESK)
    • 2nd Light Reconnaissance Squadron (2 LOPKESK)
    • 3rd Army Basic Training Squadron (3 HBUESK)
  • None.svg 4th Battalion – INTOPS Training (inactive)
  • None.svg 5th Battalion – Basic Training (part of 2nd Brigade) motto:Terror in Hostes – Vor fjender til frygt
    • 1st Company motto:Fremad på ny – hurtig og adræt (Forward again - fast and agile)
    • Life Company motto:Fremad på ny – lige på og hårdt (Forward again - head on)
  • HESK logo.svg HESK – Public duties/ceremonial

Names of the regiment[edit]

Husarregimentet Hussar Regiment 1762-02-10 1780
1. og 2. Husaregiment 1st and 2nd Hussar Regiment 1780 1785
1. og 2. Husarkorps 1st and 2nd Hussar Corps 1785 1788
Husarregimentet Hussar Regiment 1788 1842
Garderhusardivisionen Guard Hussar Division 1842 1855
Husarregimentet Hussar Regiment 1855 1856
Gardehusarregimentet Guard Hussar Regiment 1856 Present


  1. ^ "The Guard Hussars". Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  2. ^ "Regimentets historie". (in Danish). Gardehusarregimentet. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ Brøndum, Christian (17 November 2014). "Dronningen fejrer tvivlsomt jubilæum". (in Danish). Berlingske Media. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Danske militære tab i international tjeneste". (in Danish). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ Laursen, Ole (22 April 2014). "Historical Overview of Guard Hussar Regiment". Wadschier. Retrieved 5 June 2017.

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