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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).

Norrland Dragoon Regiment
Norrlands dragonregemente
Norrlands dragonregemente vapen.svg
Active1893–2004
Country Sweden
AllegianceSwedish Armed Forces
BranchSwedish Army
TypeCavalry
SizeRegiment
Part of6th Military District (1853–1893)
6th Army Division (1893–1901)
VI Army Division (1902–1927)
Upper Norrland Military Area (1928–1936)
Upper Norrland Troops (1937–1942)
VI Military Area (1942–1955)
Västerbotten Regiment (1955–1976)
Upper Norrland Military Area (1976–1993)
Northern Military Area (1993–2000)
Joint Forces Command (2000–2004)
Garrison/HQArvidsjaur
Nickname(s)Norrland's Dragoons
Blue Dragoons
ColorsBlue and orange-yellow
March"Norrlands dragoners marsch" (Carlsson)[note 1]
Anniversaries20 September
Battle honoursNowy Dwór (1655)
Insignia
Unit insignia m/51-m/60AM.090983-K 4 (02).jpg
Cap badge m/1960AM.004694.jpg

Units from AJB have been involved in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan, Ukraine and Chad (continuously in Afghanistan since 2004).[2]

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HistoryEdit

 
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 Ranger Regiment.

CampaignsEdit

  • None

See also the campaigns for Jämtland Ranger Regiment.

OrganizationEdit

1833

See also the organization for Jämtland Ranger Regiment.

Heraldry and traditionsEdit

Colours, standards and guidonsEdit

 
The 1902 guidon.

The unit presents one guidon. Its first was presented on 30 September 1902 by major general Casten Warberg.[3] A new one was presented to the regiment by the Chief of the Army, lieutenant general, count Carl August Ehrenswärd at the regimental barracks in Umeå on 20 September 1955. The guidon is drawn by Brita Grep and embroidered by hand in insertion technique by the company Libraria.[4] Blazon: "On swallow-tailed blue cloth the provincial badge of Jämtland; a white elk passant, attacked on its back by a rising falcon and in the front by a rampant dog, both yellow. On a white border at the upper side of the guidon, battle honours (Nowodwor 1655) in blue. Blue fringe."[4] From 1957, the regimental letters as replaced from "NDR" to "ND", when the regiment was to be reduced to a battalion in 1958.[3]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of the arms of the Norrland Dragoon Regiment (K4) 1977–2004. Blazon: "Azure, the provincial badge of Jämtland, an elk passant argent, attacked on the back by a rising falcon and in the front by a rampant dog both or; all animals armed and langued gules. The shield surmounted two rapiers in saltire or".[5]

MedalsEdit

In 2004, the Norrlands dragonregementes (K4) minnesmedalj ("Norrland Dragoon Regiment (K 4) Commemorative Medal") in silver (NorrldragMSM) was established. The medal ribbon was of blue moiré with an orange stripe on the middle.[6]

OtherEdit

The regimental anniversary is 20 September, as a memory to the Battle of Nowy Dwór on 20 September 1655.[3] The battle honour is shared with Jämtland Ranger Regiment (I 5).[7]

Commanding officersEdit

Regimental commander 1893–1957 and 1980–2004. From 1957 to 1980, the unit was a training battalion where the commanding officer was called battalion commander and was subordinate to the commander officer of Västerbotten Regiment.[8]

  • 1893–1893: Knut Gillis Bildt (acting)
  • 1893-1895: Gustaf Magnus Oskar Roger Björnstjerna
  • 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: Ingemar Bondeson
  • 1972–1978: Claes Berthold Mikael Dieden
  • 1978–1980: Per Blomquist
  • 1980–1982: Per Blomquist
  • 1982–1984: Lars Wallén
  • 1984–1986: Per Stig Lennart Mohlin (acting)
  • 1986–1989: Björn Lundquist
  • 1989–1992: Mertil Melin
  • 1992–1996: Johan Kihl
  • 1996–2000: Frank Westman
  • 2000–2003: Gunnar Söderström
  • 2004–2005: Bengt Sandström

Names, designations and locationsEdit

Name Translation From To
Kungl. Norrlands dragonregemente Royal Norrland Dragoon Regiment 1893-01-01 1958-06-30
Kungl. Norrlands dragoner Royal Norrland Dragoons 1958-07-01 1974-12-31
Norrlands dragoner Norrland Dragoons 1975-01-01 1980-03-31
Norrlands dragonregemente Norrland Dragoon Regiment 1980-04-01 2004-12-31
Avvecklingsorganisation Decommissioning Organisation 2005-01-01 2006-06-30
Designation From To
№ 8 1834-07-30 1914-09-30
K 8 1914-10-01 1927-12-31
K 4 1928-01-01 2004-12-31
Location From To
Frösö Camp 1893-01-01 1900-10-12
Umeå Garrison 1900-10-13 1980-03-31
Arvidsjaur 1980-04-01 2004-12-31

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ The march was adopted in 1901 and was established in 1953 by Army Order 33/1953.[1]

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

PrintEdit

  • Braunstein, Christian (2003). Sveriges arméförband under 1900-talet. Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 5 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. ISBN 91-971584-4-5. LIBRIS 8902928.
  • Braunstein, Christian (2004). Svenska försvarsmaktens fälttecken efter millennieskiftet [The flags and standards of the Swedish armed forces after the turn of the millennium] (PDF). Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 7 [dvs 8] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. ISBN 91-971584-7-X. LIBRIS 9815350.
  • Braunstein, Christian (2006). Heraldiska vapen inom det svenska försvaret [Heraldry of the Swedish Armed Forces] (PDF). Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 9 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. ISBN 91-971584-9-6. LIBRIS 10099224.
  • Braunstein, Christian (2007). Utmärkelsetecken på militära uniformer [Decorations on Swedish military uniforms] (PDF). Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 12 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. ISBN 978-91-976220-2-8. LIBRIS 10423295.
  • Kjellander, Rune (2003). Sveriges regementschefer 1700-2000: chefsbiografier och förbandsöversikter (in Swedish). Stockholm: Probus. ISBN 91-87184-74-5. LIBRIS 8981272.
  • Sandberg, Bo (2007). Försvarets marscher och signaler förr och nu: marscher antagna av svenska militära förband, skolor och staber samt igenkännings-, tjänstgörings- och exercissignaler (in Swedish) (New ed.). Stockholm: Militärmusiksamfundet med Svenskt marscharkiv. ISBN 978-91-631-8699-8. LIBRIS 10413065.

Further readingEdit