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Swedish Military Colours

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 09 Aug 2008 14:02

The Armed Forces of Sweden have a range of Colours. Guards Units have white Colours with the Royal Arms in the middle and eventual Battle Honours placed round the Arms. Infantry and Armoured Regiments have Colours based on the Arms of the Province for which the Regiment is named and primarliy drawn its recruits from. The use of Provincial Arms on Colours dates from 1686 and has with some interuptions remained the basis of Unit colours ever since. The only novelty is the addition of Battle Honours which to the most recent regulations is to be written on a border along the upper side of the Colour.

Cavalry Regiments carries Standards or Dragoon Guidons, appart from the Guards which have white Standards with the Royal Arms. Cavalry Standards/Guidons also is based on the Provincial Arms with Battle Honours on a Brodure along the upper side. Specialist Unit like Artillery, Anti-Aircraft Artillery, Service, Engineer, Signals and Army Aviation have Standards (Artillery and AA Artillery) and Colours (the rest) with similar Patterns for each type of Arms of Service. Only the the Emblem placed in the Upper Inner Corner differented. Colours of Air Force Units is Blue with the Crowned Winged Propeller Badge of the Air Force in the middle and a differenting Symbol in the Upper Inner Corner. Coastal Artillery, a Branch of the Navy and now redesignated the Amphibious Corps, have Red Colours with the Coastal Artillery Emblem (Two crossed Gun Barrells with a burning Grenade in waves below and a Royal Crown above) with differenting Symbol in the Upper Inner Corner.

One Cavalry and one Artillery Regiment also recived a Honour Standard for thier Service in the latter part of the Napoleonic Wars. Other Colours are mainly based on the Arms of the Unit.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 09 Aug 2008 14:47

Units of the Navy other than the Amphibious Corps carries the double swallow-tailed Swedish Naval Ensign affixed to a carrying staff. The same "Colour" have also been presented to some other Units and Schools. as for Battle Honours it should be noted that if the King personaly had commanded the Regiment during the Battle a Royal Crown is shown in connection to the Battle Honour.

Now to the pictures, which is from the Book Svenska Arméns regementen by Carl Herlitz, Militärlitteraturföreningen, Stockholm 1967, with additions from the Book Svenska försvarsmaktens fälttecken efter millennieskiftet - The Flags and Standards of the Swedish Armed Forces after the turn of the Millenium by Christian Braunstein, MBE, Statens försvarshistoriska museer 2004.

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Royal Svea Life Guards (I1 or Inf. Regt. No.1). The Colour shown was presented by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on the 26th May 1964 at the Yard of the Royal Palace at Stockholm.

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The most recent Colour of the Regiment now only known as the Life Guards following amalgamation with the Life Guards Dragoons on 1 July 2000. The Colours was presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on the King's Birthday 30 April 2000.

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Royal Värmland Regiment (I2), the Colour shown is of a Pattern used during the 19th Century and was presented to the Regiment by HM King Oscar I at Axevalla Heath 12 July 1849. It should be noted that the Eagle, Tongues and Lettering which appears to be Silver actually should be Black.

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The most recent and last Regimental Colours of I2 as the Regiment was disbanded 1 July 2000. The Colour was presented by the C-in-C of the Central Military District Lieutenant-General Kjell Koserius at the Stockholm Artillery Yardon 13 May 2000. Following the disbandment of the I2 the Colour was handed to the Värmland Defence Area.

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The Royal Life Regiment Grenadiers (I3), the Colour was presented in Örebro by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 12 Decemebr 1956. Following the disbandment of I3 on 1 July 2000 the Colour was handed to the Life Regiment Grenadiers Defence Area.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 09 Aug 2008 15:11

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Royal Life Grenadier Regiment (I4), presented at Linköping by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 25 September 1964. Following the disbandment of I4 on 1 January 1998 to colour was handed to the Life Grenadier Defence Area.

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Royal Jämtland Ranger Regiment (I5), this Pattern of Colour was introduced in the 19th Century and presented by the Commander of the VI Division General-Major C. Warberg at Frösö Camp on 16 September 1902.

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The most recent Colour was presented at the Regimental Barracks in Östersund by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 24 August 1996. At the same time a Colour was presented to the Jämtland Ranger Brigade (NB5), the unit mobilized by the Regiment. The Brigade was disbanded on 1 july 2000 and the Colour handed to the Regiment.

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Colour of NB5.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

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Royal Västgöta Regiment (I6), the last Colour of this Regiment of the 1849 Pattern was presented by the then Crown Prince later HM King Karl XV on 17 November 1854. They show the Arms of Västergötland i Black and Yellow. Upon disbandment of the Regiment on 31 December 1927 the Colour was handed to the Hq of the III Division and later to the Army Museum where they are today.

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Royal Karlskrona Grenadier Regiment (I7), this Regiment had a short history beeing formed in 1902 by amalgamating No 7 Royal Småland Grenadier Corps and No 30 Royal Blekinge Battalion. In 1928 the Regiment was merged with the Royal Kronoberg Regiment as the 3rd Battalion of that Regiment. After Royal Letter of 1905 I7 carried the Colour of the Royal Småland Grenadier Corps - on a Yellow Field the Red Crossbow carrying Lion of Småland with Flaming Red Grenades in each Corner. The Regiment also carried two White Colours belonging to the former Marine Regiment.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 10 Aug 2008 15:14

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The Colour of the Marine Regiment, which traced its origins to the 18th Century and in 1872 was transferred from the Navy to the Army. It was disbanded in 1886 and its personnel was used to form the Blekinge Battalion. Today the Colour is keept at the Blekinge Air Force Wing (F17), who preserves the traditions of the Blekinge Battalion and its predecessors. Picture from the Book "Svenska flygvapnets förband och skolor under 1900-talet" by Christian Braunstein, Statens försvarshistoriska museer 2005.

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Royal Uppland Regiment (I8), was disbanded as infantry unit 1 April 1957. The 1st Signals Regiment (S1) was then named as the Royal Uppland Signals Regiment and preserves the traditions of the I8 and also carries and Infantry pattern Colour along with and Signals Pattern Colour. The present Infantry Pattern Colour was presented in Enköping on 20 May 2000 by the Supreme Commander general Johan Hederstedt.

Royal Skaraborg Regiment (I9) was in 1942 transferred to the Armoured Troops as P4 see this Regiment.

Royal Södermanland Regiment (I10), was transferred to the Armoured Troops in 1942 as P3 but was again Infantry 1957-1963 when it was made an Armoured Regiment again as P10 see this Regiment.

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Royal Kronoberg Regiment (I11), the Colour was presented in Växjö by the C-in-C of the Army Lieutenant-General Count Carl August Ehrensvärd on 6 june 1956. Upon disbandment of the Regiment on 1 September 1997 the Colour was handed to the Kronoberg Defence Area.

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Royal North Småland Regiment (I12), the Colour was presented in Eksjö by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 11 September 1954. The Lion denotes the former Royal Kalmar Regiment (I21) and the Castle issuing from the waves the former Royal Jönköping Regiment (I12). These two Regiments was amalgamated in 1928, and was known until 1 July 1948 as the Royal Jönköping-Kalmar Regiment. Following disbandment of I12 on 1 July 2000 the Colour was handed to the Royal Göta Engineer Regiment (Ing2) which also is based in Eksjö.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 10 Aug 2008 18:35

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Royal Dalarna Regiment (I13), the present Colour was presented in Falun by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 28 August 1997. Upon disbandment of I13 on 1 July 2000 the colour was handed to the Dalregiment Defence Area.

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Royal Hälsinge Regiment (I14), the Colour was presented by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf in Gävle on 29 September 1952. Following the disbandment of I14 on 1 Janaury 1998 the Colour was handed to the Gävleborg Defence Area.

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Royal Älvsborg Regiment (I15), The Colour (whose basic pattern have remained unchanged since the 17th Century) of the Oscar I pattern was presented by the then Crown Prince (later King Karl XV) on Axevalla Heath in 1848.

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The most recent Colour was presented to I15 at the Stockholm Artillery Yard by the Supreme Commander general Owe Wiktorin in 1996. Upon the disbandment of the Regiment the Colour was handed to the Älvsborg Defence Area.

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Royal Halland Regiment (I16), the most recent Colour was presented in halmstad by the C.-in-C. of the Army Lieutenant-General Åke Sagrén on 7 july 1994. Upon disbandment of I16 on 1 July 2000 the Colour was handed to the Halland Defence Area.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

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Royal Bohuslän Regiment (I17), the Colour was presented in Uddevalla by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 27 August 1961. Following disbandment of I17 on 1 July 1992 it was used by the Uddevalla Northern Home Guard District until 1997 and later by the Bohus-Dal Defence Area.

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Royal Västmanland Regiment (I18), Colour of 1849 Pattern. In the Corners Blue Tongues and in the middle the Burning Mountains from the arms of the Province of Västmanland. I18 was disbanded on 31 December 1927 and according to General Order go nr 4233/1942 it was transferred to Royal Västmanland Air Force Wing (F1) which keept it until the disbandment on 30 June 1983.

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In 1990 the Regiment was reraised as a Defence District Staff Fo 48, but was disbanded again in 1997. During this brief period a new Colour was presented i Västerås by the C.-in-C. of the Army Lieutenant-General Åke Sagrén in 1994. Following disbandment it was handed to the Västmanland Defence Area.

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Royal Norrbotten Regiment (I19), the above shown Colour was presented in 1947 by the C.-in-C. Lieutenant-General Count W.A. Douglas. The Reindeer is from the arms of the Province of Västerbotten, as Norrbotten didn't have any historical arms not beeing a historical Province.

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I19 was presented with a new Colour by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf in Boden on 27 August 2001. All Battle Honours are now placed on a white Border along the upper side of the Colour. On which is also a Savage denoting that I19 is the preserver of the traditions of the former Lappland Brigade NB20.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

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Royal Västerbotten Regiment (I20), the Colour was presented by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 20 june 1956. Following disbandment of the I20 on 1 July 2000 it was handed to the Västerbotten Defence Area.

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Royal Västernorrland Regiment (I21), presented in Sollefteå by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 16 August 1960. Following disbandment of the I21 on 1 July 2000, the Colour was handed to the Västernorrland Defence Area. The Colour showns the arms of the County of Västernorrland, combinding the Salmons of the provincial arms of Ångermanland and the waves from the provincial arms of Medelpad.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

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Royal Lappland Ranger Regiment (I22), the Colour was presented in Kiruna by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 8 September 1983. Following disbandment of the I22 on 1 July 2000 it was handed to the Lappland Ranger Defence Area. The main motif is the Beret Badge of the Regiment with the arms of the former Kiruna Defence Area (Fo 66) in the Canton.

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Re: Swedish Military Colours

Postby Tyskaorden2 » 12 Aug 2008 18:09

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Royal 1st Life Grendier Regiment (I4), this Colour was approved on 1896. The Field is white as with the Royal Arms as benefits a Guards Unit. The Grenades are white.

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Royal 2nd Life Grenadier Regiment (I5), this colour was approved in 1896 and was white with the Royal Arms and red Grenades in the Corners.

This two Regiments was amalgamated in 1928 to form the Royal Life Grenadier Regiment (I4). The Colours was then handed to the new Regiment.


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