Västergötland Cavalry Regiment

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Västergötland Cavalry Regiment
Västgöta kavalleriregemente
Active 1628–1811
Country  Sweden
Branch Swedish Army
Type Cavalry
Size Regiment
Colours Yellow and black
Battle honours Skara (1611), Skillingehed (1612), Burgstall (1631), Breitenfeld (1631), Dirschau (1627), Stuhm (1629), Lützen (1632), Lund (1676)

The Västergötland Cavalry Regiment (Swedish: Västgöta kavalleriregemente) was a Swedish Army cavalry regiment that traced its origins back to the 16th century. It was reorganized into an infantry regiment in 1811. The regiment's soldiers were recruited from the province of Västergötland.

History[edit]

The regiment has its origins in fänikor (companies) raised in Västergötland in the 16th century. In 1613, these units—along with fänikor from the nearby province of Dalsland—were organised by Gustav II Adolf into Västergötlands storregemente. Sometime between 1621 and 1624, the grand regiment was permanently split into four smaller regiments, of which Västergötland Horse Regiment was one.

The regiment was officially raised in 1628 although it had existed since the early 1620s. The regiment soon changed name to Västergötland and Dalsland Horsemen and was one of the original 8 Swedish cavalry regiments mentioned in the Swedish constitution of 1634. The regiment's first commander was Erik Soop. It was renamed to Västergötland Cavalry Regiment in 1655 and was allotted in 1691.

Västergötland Cavalry Regiment was reorganised into a dragoon regiment in 1792 and changed its name to Västergötland Line Dragoon Regiment and later Västergötland Dragoon Regiment to reflect that. The regiment was then reformed into the infantry regiment Västergötland Regiment in 1811.

Campaigns[edit]

  • ?

Organisation[edit]

1634(?)
  • Livkompaniet
  • Överstelöjtnantens kompani
  • Majorens kompani
  • Södra Vassbo kompani
  • Älvsborgs kompani
  • Gudhems kompani
  • Barne Härads kompani
  • Vartofta kompani

Name, designation and garrison[edit]

Name Translation From To
Västgöta regemente till häst Västergötland Horse Regiment 1628 1634
Västgöta och Dals ryttare Västergötland and Dalsland Horsemen 1634 1655
Västgöta kavalleriregemente Västergötland Cavalry Regiment 1655 1802
Västgöta linjedragonregemente Västergötland Line Dragoon Regiment 1802 1806
Västgöta dragonregemente Västergötland Cavalry Regiment 1806 1811
Designation From To
No designation
Training ground
or garrison town
From To
Eggeby ängar 1689 1745-08-25
Axevalla hed 1745-08-26 1811

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Print
  • Braunstein, Christian (2003). Sveriges arméförband under 1900-talet. Stockholm: Statens Försvarshistoriska Museer. ISBN 91-971584-4-5. 
  • Holmberg, Björn (1993). Arméns regementen, skolor och staber: en sammanställning. Arvidsjaur: Svenskt militärhistoriskt bibliotek. ISBN 91-972209-0-6. 
  • Kjellander, Rune (2003). Sveriges regementschefer 1700-2000: chefsbiografier och förbandsöversikter. Stockholm: Probus. ISBN 91-87184-74-5. 
  • Nelsson, Bertil (1993). Från Brunkeberg till Nordanvind: 500 år med svenskt infanteri. Stockholm: Probus. ISBN 91-87184-23-0. 
  • Svensk rikskalender 1908. Stockholm: P.A. Norstedt & Söner. 1908. 
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