Norrland Dragoon Regiment

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Norrland Dragoon Regiment
Norrlands dragonregemente
Norrlands dragonregemente vapen.svg
Coat of arms
Active 1853–2004
Country Sweden
Type cavalry regiment
Colors Blue and orange-yellow
Engagements Nowodwor 1655

The Norrland Dragoon Regiment (Swedish: Norrlands dragonregemente), also K 4 or K 8, was a Swedish Army cavalry regiment located in the province of Lappland that traces its origins back to the 17th century. It is still in active service as the Norrland Dragoons detachment of Norrbotten Regiment (I 19), still located in Arvidsjaur. The current name of the fighting unit is Arméns Jägarbataljon (Swedish Army Ranger Battalion).

Units from AJB have been involved in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan, Ukraine and Chad (continuously in Afghanistan since 2004).[1]

History[edit]

Royal Norrland Dragoon Regiment (K 4) in Umeå, 1934.

The regiment has its origin in the Ångermanland, Medelpad and Jämtland Regiment raised in 1646. From 1689 on, this regiment was named Jämtland Dragoon Regiment, but had only one company of cavalry troops. This company was semi-separate, with the name Jämtland Cavalry Company (Jämtlands kavallerikompani) and had been split off from Bohus-Jämtland Cavalry Squadron in 1670. The company was renamed Jämtlands hästjägarskvadron in 1802 and after receiving another squadron it was organized into a battalion and renamed Jämtlands hästjägarkår in 1834.

The corps gained full status as a separate unit in 1853 and was given the designation K 8 (8th Cavalry Regiment). It was renamed Norrland Dragoon Regiment in 1892 and when merged with parts of the Crown Prince's Hussar Regiment in 1927 it was redesignated K 4 but kept its name before being reorganized to a battalion and renamed Norrland's Dragoons in 1958. Finally the regiment was renamed back to its old name in 1980.

See also the history for Jämtland Rifle Regiment.

Commanders[edit]

Below are regimental commanders between 1900 and 2004. The period between 1957 and 1980, the unit consisted of a battalion, and the commander was battalion commander and subordinate the commander of Västerbotten Regiment.[2]

  • 1895–1904: Gustaf Adolf Löwenhielm
  • 1904–1914: Wilhelm Aschan
  • 1914–1917: Adolf Adelswärd
  • 1917–1919: Henric Ståhl
  • 1919–1922: Axel Ahnström
  • 1922–1930: Rickman von der Lancken
  • 1930–1935: Archibald Douglas
  • 1935–1940: Carl Björnstjerna
  • 1940–1943: Sven Colliander
  • 1943–1947: Henric Lagercrantz
  • 1947–1951: Sven David Oskar Hermelin
  • 1951–1952: James Axel John Maule
  • 1952–1957: Carl Johan Wachtmeister
  • 1957–1963: Gustaf William Frisén
  • 1963–1972: Per Ingemar Bondeson
  • 1972–1978: Claes Berthold Mikael Dieden
  • 1978–1980: Per Ulf Blomquist
  • 1980–1982: Per Ulf Blomquist
  • 1982–1984: Lars Erik Verner Wallén
  • 1984–1986: Per Stig Lennart Mohlin (acting)
  • 1986–1989: Björn Viktor Emil Lundquist
  • 1989–1992: Mertil Melin
  • 1992–1996: Johan Kihl
  • 1996–2000: Frank E H Westman
  • 2000–2003: Gunnar Söderström
  • 2003–2005: Bengt Sandström

Campaigns[edit]

  • None

See also the campaigns for Jämtland Rifle Regiment.

Organization[edit]

1833

See also the organization for Jämtland Rifle Regiment.

Various[edit]

The regimental names:

Names
Bohus-Jämtlands kavalleriskvadron Bohuslän-Jämtland Cavalry Squadron 5 September 1661 1670
Jämtlands kavallerikompani Jämtland Cavalry Company 1670 1802
Jämtlands hästjägarskvadron Jämtland Horse Ranger Squadron 1802 18 July 1834
Jämtlands hästjägarkår Jämtland Horse Ranger Corps 19 July 1834 31 December 1892
Norrlands dragonregemente Norrland Dragoon Regiment 1 January 1893 30 June 1958
Norrlands dragoner Norrland's Dragoons 1 July 1958 31 March 1980
Norrlands dragonregemente Norrland Dragoon Regiment 1 April 1980<
Designations
K 8 25 May 1853 31 December 1927
K 4 1 January 1928
Training grounds and garrison towns
Frösö läger 1802 1894
Stockholm (G) 1894 12 October 1900
Umeå (G) 13 October 1900 31 March 1980
Arvidsjaur (G) 1 April 1980

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/i19/Om-forbandet/Armens-jagarbataljon/
  2. ^ Braunstein, Christian (2003). Sveriges arméförband under 1900-talet. Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 5 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. p. 146. ISBN 91-971584-4-5. 

Coordinates: 65°34′50″N 19°09′53″E / 65.58056°N 19.16472°E / 65.58056; 19.16472