Jutland Dragoon Regiment

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Jutland Dragoon Regiment
Jydske Dragonregiment
Coat of arms of Jutland Dragoon Regiment.svg
Coat of arms
Active1 November 1679–present
(343 years, 4 months)
Country Denmark
Branch Royal Danish Army
RoleArmoured warfare and Mechanized infantry
SizeThree battalions
Part ofArmy Staff
Nickname(s)JDR Dino'er
Motto(s)Latin: Fortes Fortuna Juvat
(Fortune Favours the Brave)
MarchDanmarks Blå Dragoner (Denmark's Blue Dragoons)
AnniversariesFormation (1 November 1679)
The Rytterfægtning by Rosengarten (12 Oktober 1813)
Battle of Rahlstedt (6 December 1813)
Battle of Sehested (10 December 1813)
Niels Kjeldsen's Battle by Højen (28 February 1864)
Rytterfægtningen at Vorbasse (29 February 1864)
EngagementsSecond Nordic War (1657−60)
Scanian War (1675−79)
Great Nordic War (1700 & 1709−20)
First Schleswig War (1848−51)
Second Schleswig War (1864)
Operation Weserübung-Süd (1940)
Operation Bøllebank (1994)
War in Kosovo (1998−1999)
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Iraq War (2003−07)
WebsiteOfficial website
Colonel Anders Poulsen
Ceremonial chiefHM The Queen
Col. Lars Møller
Regimental beltStable belt JDR.PNG
StandardJDR Standard.svg

The Jutland Dragoon Regiment (Danish: Jydske Dragonregiment) is the only regiment of the Royal Danish Army that has an armored (MBT) battalion, and is one of the Danish combat regiments in which soldiers are entitled to wear the black beret of the Armoured corps.


The Regiment traces its roots back to the 3rd Dragoon Regiment formed in 1657, but did not become the Jutland Dragoon Regiment until 1932, with the amalgamation of the 3rd Dragoon Regiment in Århus and the 5th Dragoon regiment in Randers. The regimental fusion eventually necessitated a relocation to Holstebro in 1953, where the Dragoons have remained ever since.

The Regiment acquired international fame in recent time, when it served with UNPROFOR in Bosnia, where the Dragoons of Jutland assaulted Serb AT-3 Sagger positions in one of the largest skirmishes between UNPROFOR forces and military units involved in the war in Bosnia, and the largest Danish battle engagement since The Second Schleswig War of 1864. The battle, known as Operation Bøllebank,[1] was later characterized by the commander at the time as the time when "the mouse ate the cat".

On 19 July 2005 another traditional regiment, Prinsens Livregiment was merged with Jydske Dragonregiment, and personnel serving as Dragoons became entitled to bear the insignia of the Royal Danish Prince Consort, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark

From the 1960s to 2004 the regiment had responsibility for three armoured battalions, one reconnaissance battalion and three motorized infantry battalions. The three armoured battalions were assigned to different brigades, the recce battalion and later (1992) one armoured battalion as independent battalions in Danish Division. From 1992−2004 the regiment also had to form three light reconnaissance squadrons assigned to three of the five brigades. With the three infantry battalions and regimental staff, in war time, the regiment could form a battlegroup, with combat support/artillery troops from other regiments.

The regiment has in recent time served on the frontline in Danish involvements in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The regiment's tank battalion won the Top 120mm Fire Team category at the Ex Worthington 16 competition in 2016, held at CFB Gagetown in Canada.

The Regimental logo is inspired by the coat of arms of Denmark, and features a blue lion above nine red hearts, and the monogram C5, in reference to King Christian V who ordered the formation of the original 3rd Dragoon Regiment. The lion and its red hearts are also a symbol of Jutland and are featured on the stern of Fregatten Jylland.


The regiment today serves only in its armoured role as well as in an educational role for new conscripts, in a separate battalion.

  • Emblem for the I-JDR.svg I Armoured Battalion I/JDR (1953−present)
    • Emblem for the Staff-I-JDR.svg Staff Squadron (inactive)
    • Emblem for the 1-I-JDR.svg 1st Tank Squadron (Niels Kjeldsen Squadron)
    • Emblem for the 2-I-JDR.svg 2nd Tank Squadron
    • Emblem for the 3-I-JDR.svg 3rd Tank Squadron (Lilje Squadron)
  • Emblem for the II-JDR.svg II Armored Infantry Battalion II/JDR (2011−present). Motor Battalion (1953−1955), Armoured Battalion (1955–2004), Training Battalion (2004−2011)
    • Emblem for the Staff-II-JDR.svg Staff Company
    • Emblem for the 1-II-JDR.svg 1st Mechanised Infantry Company (Viking Company)
    • Emblem for the 2-II-JDR.svg 2nd Mechanised Infantry Company (Livkompagniet) (inactive)
    • Emblem for the 4-II-JDR.svg 4th Armored Infantry Company (4 of Diamonds Company)
  • Emblem for the V-JDR.svg V Training Battalion V/JDR (2011−present). Reconnaissance Battalion 1974−2004, disbanded 2005-2011.
    • Emblem for the 1-III-JDR.svg 1st Basic Training Squadron
    • Emblem for the 2-III-JDR.svg 2nd Basic Training Squadron
    • Emblem for the 3-V-JDR.svg 3rd Mechanised Infantry Company ("Bulldog" Squadron)
Disbanded Units
  • Emblem for the III-JDR.svg III/JDR Armoured Battalion (1961−1984, 1988-2005), Armoured Infantry Battalion (1984-1987)
  • Emblem for the IV-JDR.svg IV/JDR Reconnaissance Battalion (1961−1968), Infantry Battalion (1968-2005), also as Training Battalion in mid '80s
  • Emblem for the VI-JDR.svg VI/JDR Tank Destroyer Battalion (1986-1994), Infantry Battalion (2000-2005), merged in from Queen's Life Regiment, only as reserve
  • Emblem for the VII-JDR.svg VII/JDR Infantry Battalion (1992−2005), merged in from King's Jutlandic Regiment of Foot, only as reserve
  • Emblem for the Prince's Music Corps (Denmark).svg Prince's Music Corps, (2005-2020), originally from Prince's Life Regiment[2]

Names of the regiment[edit]

Slesvigske nationale Rytterregiment Schleswig's National Cavalry Regiment 1670 1675
Holstenske (Slesvigsk-holstenske) nationale Rytterregiment Holstein's (Schleswig-Holstein) National Cavalry Regiment 1675 1678
Slesvigske nationale Rytterregiment Schleswig's National Cavalry Regiment 1678 1681
2. Fyenske nationale Rytterregiment Funen's 2nd National Cavalry Regiment 1681 1763
Fyenske geworbne Dragonregiment Funen's Recruited Dragoon Regiment 1763 1772
Fyenske Regiment Ryttere Funen's Regiment of Riders 1772 1785
Fyenske Regiment Dragoner Funen's Regiment of Dragoons 1785 1796
Fyneske regiment lette Dragoner Funen's Regiment of Light Dragoons 1796 1842
6. Dragonregiment 6th Dragoon Regiment 1842 1865
3. Dragonregiment 3rd Dragoon Regiment 1865 1932
Jydske Dragonregiment Jutland Dragoon Regiment 1932 present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Raids magazine
  2. ^ "Prinsens Musikkorps overgår til Flyvevåbnet | Prinsens Musikkorps".
  3. ^ Laursen, Ole (22 April 2014). "Historical Overview of Jutland Dragoon Regiment". Wadschier. Retrieved 17 April 2020.

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