Schleswig Regiment of Foot

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Schleswig Regiment of Foot
Slesvigske Fodregiment
Disbanded1 January 2001
Country Denmark
Branch Royal Danish Army
RoleMotorized infantry (1961-2000)
Light infantry (2019-)
SizeFour battalions (1961-2000)
Two battalion (2019-)
Garrison/HQHaderslev Kaserne
Motto(s)Vaagen og tro (Vigilant and Faithful)
Col Lars Nygaard
Regimental belt

The Schleswig Regiment of Foot (Danish: Slesvigske Fodregiment) is a Royal Danish Army infantry regiment. On 1 January 2001, the regiment was merged with the Queen's Life Regiment to form the Prince's Life Regiment. In 2018, it was announced that the regiment would be reestablished on 1 January 2019 as a light infantry battalion.[1]


The Schleswig Regiment of Foot traces its history back to 1778 when it was raised from personnel from existing Regiments. Until 1842 it was garrisoned in Schleswig, until 1854 in Fredericia, until 1923 in Copenhagen and thereafter in Haderslev. From 1960's to 1997 the regiment only had infantry battalions, in 1997 it was upgraded with one mechanised infantry battalion.

The Regiment participated in the Napoleonic Wars (first as part of the Danish mobile auxiliary force, commanded by Prince Frederik of Hesse and under supreme command of Marechal L.N. Davout, and then as part of the Allied Forces against Napoleon under supreme command of Wellington), First Schleswig War (1848–1850) and Second Schleswig War (1864). The regimental flag has the battle honours Boden 1813 and Isted 1850. The fighting at Boden occurred near Oldesloe in Holstein in early December, less than a week before the 1813 Battle of Bornhöved.[2] Since 26 March 1949 the flag carried the name Slesvigske Fodregiment.

On 1 November 1991 the Funen Life Regiment and the King's Jutlandic Regiment of Foot were merged into the regiment. In 2000 the regiment, with all battalions, was merged into the Prince's Life Regiment.

In 2019, the regiment was revived along with the Danish Artillery Regiment.[3] When the regiment was reestablished it consisted of one battalion of the line (13th(XIII/SLFR)) and one reserve battalion (22nd(XXII/SLFR)). Both were reactivated with historical numbers. If the regiment is expanded the battalion numbers will most likly be: 18th(XVIII/SLFR) and 3rd(III/SLFR)


The regiment itself has one active battalion, one reserve battalion and a Musical Corps:

  • 13th Battalion (XIII/SLFR), historical number, reactivated in 2019 as a Light Infantry Battalion
    • Staff Company
    • 1st Light Infantry company
    • 2nd Light Infantry company
    • 3rd Light Infantry company
    • 4th Basic Training company
  • 22nd Battalion (XXII/SLFR) historical number, reactivated in 2019 as a battalion for reservists (no companies attach)
  • Schleswig Musical Corps
Disbanded units
  • 1st battalion (I/SLFR), Raised 1961, disbanded 2000. Motorized Infantry Battalion (from 1997 to 2000 Mechanized Infantry).
  • 2nd battalion (II/SLFR), Raised 1961, disbanded 2000. Infantry Battalion.
  • 3rd battalion (III/SLFR), Raised 1961, disbanded 2000. Infantry Battalion.(the number "3rd battalion" is used by the soldiers-association of the regiment)
  • 4th battalion (IV/SLFR), amalgamated with Funen Life Regiment in 1991, disbanded 2000. Motorized Infantry Battalion.
  • 3rd Brigade Staff Company/3rd Jutland Brigade. Raised 1961, disbanded 2000.

Names of the regiment[edit]

Fyenske Infanteriregiment Funen Infantry Regiment 1778-10-01 1785
Slesvigske Infanteriregiment Schleswig Infantry Regiment 1785 1842
13. Linie Infanteribataillon 13th Line Infantry Battalion 1842 1860
13. Infanteribataillon 13th Infantry Battalion 1860 1863
13. Infanteriregiment 13th Infantry Regiment 1863 1865
13. Infanteribataillon 13th Infantry Battalion 1865 1867
13. Bataillon 13th Battalion 1867 1951
2. Regiment 2nd Regiment 1951-11-01 1961-11-01
Slesvigske Fodregiment Schleswig Regiment of Foot 1961-11-01 2001-01-01
Disbanded Disbanded 2001-01-01 2019-02-08
Slesvigske Fodregiment Schleswig Regiment of Foot 2019-02-08 Present



  1. ^ Fahrendorff, Lars (26 April 2018). "Slesvigske Fodregiment genopstår". Jydske Vestkysten (in Danish). Haderslev: Jysk Fynske Medier. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ Tre betydningsfulde slag ved bornhoved 798, 1227 & 1813
  3. ^ "Oprustning af Forsvaret fejret: Dronningen gav fanen tilbage til danske soldater". (in Danish).
  4. ^ Laursen, Ole. "Historisk oversigt for 13. Linie Infanteribataillon". (in Danish). Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ Wolter, Hans Christian (1992). Den danske hær i Napoleonstiden 1801-1814 (in Danish). Tøjhusmuseet. pp. 31–43. ISBN 87-89022-10-6.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lærebog for Hærens Menige, Hærkommandoen, marts 1960
  • "Slesvigske Fodregiment - i krig og fred", Niels Friis 1953