Carl Johan Wachtmeister

Count Carl Johan Wachtmeister (1 February 1903 – 22 May 1993) was a Swedish Army officer and fencer. He served as commanding officer of Norrland Dragoon Regiment (1952–1957) and the Stockholm Defence District (1957–1963).


Carl Johan Wachtmeister
Born(1903-02-01)1 February 1903
Skövde, Sweden
Died22 May 1993(1993-05-22) (aged 90)
Stockholm, Sweden
Service/branchSwedish Army
Years of service1925–1963
Commands heldNorrland Dragoon Regiment
Stockholm Defence District


Wachtmeister was born on 1 February 1903 in Skövde, Sweden, the son of lieutenant colonel, count Fredrik Wachtmeister and his wife Greta Lindström.[1] He was commissioned as an officer after graduating from the Royal Military Academy in 1925 with the rank of fänrik. He attended the Royal Central Gymnastics Institute from 1928 to 1930 and the Royal Swedish Army Staff College from 1937 to 1939.[1] Wachtmeister was promoted to ryttmästare in the Life Regiment Hussars (K 3) in 1940[2] and to captain of the General Staff Corps in 1942. He then served as Aide-de-camp to His Majesty the King Gustaf V from 1942 to 1950.[1]

Wachtmeister was promoted to major in 1944 and he became major of the General Staff Corps in 1946. He served as chief of staff of the IV Military Area from 1946 to 1949 and became lieutenant colonel of General Staff Corps in 1948 and of Hälsinge Regiment (I 14) in 1949. Wachtmeister was promoted to colonel in the cavalry and appointed regimental commander of Norrland Dragoon Regiment (K 4) in 1952. Five years later, Wachtmeister was appointed Commendant of Stockholm and Defence District Commander for Stockholm Defence District (Fo 44).[1] He attended the Swedish National Defence College in 1958 and served as Defence District Commander until 1963 when he retired from the Swedish Armed Forces. Wachtmeister then worked as an expert i preparedness issues from 1963 to 1981.[3]

He was chairman of the Swedish Fencing Association (Svenska Fäktförbundet) from 1948 to 1952.[1] He competed in the team sabre event at the 1936 Summer Olympics.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Carl Johan Wachtmeister
Personal information
Born(1903-02-01)1 February 1903
Skövde, Sweden
Died22 May 1993(1993-05-22) (aged 90)
Stockholm, Sweden

In 1929, he married Birgit Thuresson (1906–1986), the daughter of the major in the Road and Waterway Construction Service Corps, Elis Thuresson and Carin Santesson. They had two children: Carl-Fredrik (born 1936) and Caroline (born 1939).[1]


Wachtmeister died on 22 May 1993 in Oscar Parish, Stockholm.[5] He was buried on 7 July 1993 in Galärvarvskyrkogården in Stockholm.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Harnesk, Paul, ed. (1962). Vem är vem? 1, Stor-Stockholm [Who's Who? 1, Greater Stockholm] (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 1336. SELIBR 53509.
  2. ^ Kjellander, Rune (2003). Sveriges regementschefer 1700-2000: chefsbiografier och förbandsöversikter (in Swedish). Stockholm: Probus. p. 227. ISBN 9187184745. SELIBR 8981272.
  3. ^ Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds. (1992). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1993] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1131. ISBN 91-1-914072-X. SELIBR 8261513.
  4. ^ "Carl Johan Wachtmeister Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2010.
  5. ^ Sveriges dödbok 1901-2009 [Swedish death index 1901-2009] (in Swedish) (Version 5.0 ed.). Solna: Sveriges släktforskarförbund. 2010. ISBN 9789187676598. SELIBR 11931231.
  6. ^ "Wachtmeister, Carl Johan". (in Swedish). Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  7. ^ Kungl. Hovstaterna: Kungl. Maj:ts Ordens arkiv, Matriklar (D 1), vol. 13 (1960–1969), p. 29, digital imageing.
  8. ^ "Högsta utmärkelse, personer" (in Swedish). Swedish Fencing Federation. Retrieved 2 June 2021.

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