The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed Forces

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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 May 2013, 18:10

Engineer and Signal Units had Colours of the same general pattern, as they have the same origins. The Colours are Blue with three yellow Crowns in the middle and the Unit's Coat of Arms in the upper inner Corner.

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Kungl. Svea ingenjörsregemente (Royal Svea Engineer Regiment) (Ing 1), the Colour was presented in Stockholm by HM King Gustaf V on 26 September 1935 as was the Colours of Ing 2 and Ing 3. Originated in 1855 as the Sappörkompnaiet (Sapper Company), becoming in 1893 the Kungl. Svea ingenjörsbataljon (Royal Svea Engineer Battalion) and in 1902 Kungl. Svea ingenjörskår (Royal Svea Engineer Corps). Raised to Regiment on 1 July 1957, it was disbanded in 1997.

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Royal Gotha Engineer Regiment (Ing 2). Originated as the Sappörbataljonen (The Sapper Battalion) raised in Stockholm 1871 and moved to Karlsborg in 1875. In 1893 it was named Kungl. Göta ingenjörsbataljon (Royal Gotha Engineer Battalion) and in 1902 as the Kungl. Göta ingenjörskår (Royal Gotha Engineer Corps). On 1 April 1928 the Corps moved to Eksjö, where it on 1 July 1963 became a Regiment and today it is the only Engineer Regiment in the Swedish Army. In August 2006 the Regiment was presented with a new Colour by the then Supreme Commander General Håkan Syrén this replacing the old one and that of the former I 12 (see below). The field is now black which is the Engineer Arm of Service Colour, but the Crowns and the regimental Arms are the same. Along the upper border of the field is placed the Battle Honours of the I 12, as Ing 2 is keeper of the traditions of this Regiment. On this Battle honour stripe can also be seen the Crossbow carrying Lion form the I 12 Colours. Below the new Colour is paraded, picture from http://sv.wikipedia.org/

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Kungl. Norra smålands regemente (Royal North Småland Regiment) (I 12), the Colour was presented in Eksjö by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 11 September 1954. The Lion denotes the former Kungl. Kalmar regemente (Royal Kalmar Regiment) (I 21) and the Castle issuing from the waves the former Kungl. Jönköpings regemente (Royal Jönköping Regiment) (I 12). These two Regiments was amalgamated in 1928, and was known until 1 July 1948 as the Kungl. Jönköping-Kalmar regemente (Royal Jönköping-Kalmar Regiment). Following disbandment of I 12 on 1 July 2000 the Colour was handed to the Ing 2 Regiment, which also is based in Eksjö.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 17 May 2013, 18:16

And the Signal Units Colours:

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The Uppland Regiment (S 1), Colour presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 4 November 1976. S 1 orignated as a Field Signal Company of the Pontoneer Battalion, which in 1902 became independent as the Field Telegraph Corps. In 1937 the Corps became the Signal Regiment from where the other Signal Regiments originated. Following the move in 1957 to Uppsala and the betowing of the traditions of the former I 8 the regimetn became Royal Uppland Signal Regiment (the signal in the title was dropped in 1974). On 1 January 2007 the Regiment become the Command Regiment (Ledningsregementet in Swedish) and is today the only Signal, Electronic Warfare, Meteorologic and Oceanographic Unit in the Swedish Armed Forces. For the Colour of this new Unit see the first page of this Thread under I 8.

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Kungl. Göta signalregemente (Royal Gotha Signal Regiment) (S 2), Colour presented by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 25 August 1962. S 2 originated as a Company from the Signal Regiment which in 1944 was detached to Skövde. On 1 July 1958 the Company become the Signalbataljonen i Skövde (Signal Battalion in Skövde), which in 1962 moved to Karlsborg as the Kung. Göta signalkår (Royal Gotha Signal Corps). The Corps was raised to a Regiment on 1 July 1962. The Regiment was disbanded in 1984 but a Battalion was kept as part of the K 3 Regiment. The Battalion named Göta signalbataljon (Gotha Signal Battalion) was disbanded in 1997.

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The Battalion was presented with a new Colour by the then Supreme Commander General Owe Wiktorin at the Stockholm Artillery Yard on 30 april 1996. In the Corners the Star and rays denoting the Signal Troops origins in the Engineer Troops, and the Lightning and Sword insignia of the Signal Troops. In the middle the "Göta" Arms. Green is the Arm of Service colour of the Signal Troops.

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Kungl. Norrlands signalregemente (Royal Norrland Signal Regiment) ( S 3), Colour was presented by Hm King Gustaf VI Adolf on 28 July 1961. S 3 orignated as the Telefonkompaniet (The Telephone Company) formed 1915 in Boden, named in 1937 as the Bodens signalkompani (The Boden Signal Company). Raised to a Battalion in 1954 first as the Signalbataljonen i Boden (The Signal Battalion in Boden) and from 1957 as the Kungl. Norrlands signalbataljon (The Royal Norrland Signal Battalion). In 1987 the Battalion was made a Regiment. The Regiment was downgraded to a Corps in 1994 and in 2000 it become the Signal Battalion of the I 19 which was disbanded in 2005.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 18 May 2013, 09:26

Service (Sw. Träng) Units where granted Colours showing the Lesser Arms of Sweden in circle form emitting rays lika a Sun. In the Canton was placed the Unit Symbol. I guess we begin to see a pattern in itself here - Units other than Infantry, Cavalry and Armour have a general pattern with a distinguishing symbol in the Canton.

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Kungl. Svea trängregemente (Royal Svea Train Regiment) (T 1), the Colour was presented on 1 September 1935 by the Commander of the Eastern Army Division Lieutenant-General Gösta Lillehöök. T 1 originated as the Kungl. Trängbataljonen (The Royal Train Battalion) raised on 1 January 1885. In 1891 it became the Kungl. Svea trängbataljon (Royal Svea Train Battalion) and in 1904 the Kungl. Svea trängkår (Royal Svea Train Corps). In October 1907 moved from Stockholm to Örebro and in 1927 to Linköping which was to be the home of T 1 for the rest of its existence. This move accounts for the use of the Griffin with Dragon wings and tail from the Arms of Östergötland (Linköping beeing th seat of administration for the county of Östergötland). On 1 July 1949 it was raised to a Regiment which in 1985 was reduced to a Battalion and made part of the I 4 Regiment. Made independent again in 1994 as the Svea trängkår (Svea Train Corps), which was disbanded in 1998.

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Kungl. Göta trängregemente (Royal Gotha Train Regiment) (T 2), the Colour was presented on 1 September 1935 by the commander of the Western Army Division Major-General Lennart Lilliehöök. The Lion is yellow and are used by Units named Göta (Gotha). T 2 originated as the Kungl. Göta trängbataljon (Royal Gotha Train Battalion) raised in 1891. Moved from Stockholm to Karlsborg in May 1892. In 1904 it become the Kungl. Göta trängkår (Royal Gotha Train Corps) and in September 1905 moved from Karlsborg to Skövde where it still remains. On 1 July 1949 the Corps was raised to a Regiment which since 2000 is the only Train Regiment in the Swedish Army. Since 2007 T 2 is known as the Trängregementet (The Train Regiment) following increased role to also supporting the Navy and the Air Force.

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The new Colour presented to the Train Regiment in September 2007. The Sword in the Canton is chosen to represent that the Regiment serves the whole Defence Forces.
Picture from http://www.trangregementet.mil.se/

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Kungl. Norrlands trängregemente (Royal Norrland Train Regiment) (T 3), the Colour was presented by the C.in.C. of the Army Lieutenant-General count T. C:son Bonde on 10 September 1961. The Reindeer is white and represent Norrland the northern part of Sweden. T 3 originated as the Kungl. norrlands trängbataljon (Royal Norrland Train Battalion) raised in 1893. moved from Stockholm to Sollefteå in maj 1898. In 1902 it become the Kungl. Norrlands trängkår (The Royal Norrland Train Corps), which was raised to a Regiment on 1 July 1949. In 1994 the Regiment was reduced to a Corps which in 2000 was merged into the I 5 as the Norrlands trängbataljon (The Norrland Train Battalion) which was disbanded in 2005.

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The last Colour of the T 3, presented by the C.-in-C. of the Army Lieutenant-General Åke Sagrén on 21 October 1995 at the Stockholm Artillery Yard.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 18 May 2013, 09:30

Army Aviation Units where granted Colours whose main motive was the single winged sword which was the symbol of Army Aviation.

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The Norrbottens arméflygbataljon (Northbothnia Army Aviation Battalion) (AF 1), the Colour presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 27 September 1984. AF 1 orignated as the Arméns helikopterskola (the Army Helicopter School) raised in Boden 1959, became the Norrbotten arméflygbataljon in 1980 and in 1998 the Norrlands helikopterbataljon (the Norrland Helicopter Battalion) as part of the Försvarsmaktens helikopterflottilj (the Armed Forces Helicopter Flottilla) and in 2005 the Norrlands helikopterskvadron (the Norrland Helicopter Squadron).

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The Östgöta arméflygbataljon (The Ostrogotha Army Aviation Battalion) (AF 2), the Colour was presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 27 May 1988. Raised as the Artilleriflygskolan (the Artillery Flying School) in 1963 and become the Östgöta arméflygbataljon in 1985. Which in 1999 become the Östgöta helikopterbataljon (Ostrogotha Helicopter Battalion) as part of the Försvarsmaktens helikopterflottilj (Armed Forces Helicopter Flottilla).
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 18 May 2013, 09:35

The various Schools also have Colours of different patterns in many instances mirroring the School Armorial Bearings.

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Fallskärmsjägarskolan (the Parachute Jaeger School), presented at The Stockholm Artillery Yard by the Supreme Commander General Owe Wiktorin on 30 april 1996. The School was raised in 1952 hence the inscription on the Colour.

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Kungl. Krigsskolan (the Royal War School), Karlberg, Colour Presented by HM King Gustaf VI Adolf on 13 December 1952. The Year 1792 is the date of the founding of the School which makes it one of the Oldest Officer Training School in the World.

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The new Colour was presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf on 23 May 1992 at Karlberg Chateau at the 200th Anniversary of the School. The Royal War School became the Militärhögskolan, Karlberg (the Military Academy Karlberg) on 1 January 1999.

The two other Military Academies has Colours of the same Pattern as above only with different Field Colours and with out the 1792 inscription.

The Krigshögskolan, Östersund (the Military Academy Östersund) has a Green Field Colour, presented by the Chief Joint Forces Command Lieutenant-General Bengt Arne Johannson on 22 January 2000. This Academy was formed in 1999 (but had its roots in 1984) and disbanded in 2005.

The Krigshögskolan, Halmstad (the Military Academy Halmstad), has a Red Field Colour, presented in Halmstad by the Inspector-General of the Air Force Lieutenant-General Jan Jonsson on 13 December 1999. The Academy originated as the Air Force Officer College raised in 1981 which became the Military Academy Halmstad in 1999.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 18 May 2013, 09:37

The National Defence Academy has a Colour based on the School arms on a blue field a Sword within a Oakleaf wreath all yellow. This is based on a personal inspection of the said Colour, but I do not know when the Colour was presented.

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National NBC-Defence Centre, presented at the Stockholm Artillery Yard by the then Supreme Commander General Owe Wiktorin on 30 april 1996. The Colour is based on the Arms of the Centre showing the Dragon an international symbol of NBC-fighters.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 21 May 2013, 17:34

Brigades where units intended to be raised in Wartime but in 1994 they where ordered to be organized on a Cadre basis also in peacetime. Some where also presented with Colours and from the Book "Sveriges arméförband under 1900-talet" by Christian Braunstein pictures of these.

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Smålandsbrigaden (The Småland Brigade) (Infantry Brigade (IB) 42 and later IB 12), the Colour based on the Coat of Arms of the Brigade which in turn was based on an older provincial Arms of Småland was presented by the Commander of the Southern Military district Lt.-Gen. Sven-Åke Jansson on 15 March 1997. The Brigade was one of the War units to be raised by I 12 and was made independent on 1 July 1997 and disbanded on 30 june 2000.

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Älvsborgsbrigaden (The Älvsborg Brigade) (IB 45 and later IB 15), the Colour based on those of the parent Regiment I 15 with the addition of the Lion from the Arms of Västergötland was presented by the Supreme Commander Gen. Owe Wiktorin in 1995. The Brigade originated in the War Regiment Västgöta Regiment I 45 (K) raised by I 15 in 1941 which in 1951 was reorganized in to the Älvsborg Brigade. On 31 December 1997 the Brigade was disbanded and the Colour was transferred to the Army Museum.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 21 May 2013, 17:35

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Ångermanlandsbrigaden (The Ångermanland Brigade) (IB 51, NB 51 and NB 21), the Colour based on the provincial Arms of Ångermanland with the shield of the provincial Arms of Medelpad in the Canton was presented by the Acting Commander of the Army Maj.-Gen. Lars G. Persson on 24 July 1996. The Brigade originated as the War Regiment Ångermanlands regemente (the Ångemanland Regiment) I 51(K) raised in 1941 by I 21. In 1951 the Regiment was reorganized into the Ångermanland Brigade which was made independent on 1 July 1994 and disbanded on 30 June 2000.

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Skaraborgsbrigaden (The Skaraborg Brigade) (9th Armoured Brigade, PB 9 and Mech Bde 9), the Colour based on the P 4 Colour with addition of the Insignia of the Armoured Troops was presented by HM king Carl XVI Gustaf on 22 September 1995. The Brigade originated in 1937 when the Field Unit the Skaraborgs regemente (the Skaraborg Regiment) I 9(K) was organized. In 1943 the Regiment was reorganized as the 9th Armoured Brigade which in 1950 became the Skaraborg Brigade. On 1 July 1994 the Brigade was made independent and upon the disbandment of the Mother Regiment on 31 December 1997 the Brigade was granted the double title the Skaraborg Regiment and the Skaraborg Brigade. On 1 July 2000 the Brigade was reorganized as the training unit the Skaraborg Regiment (P 4). The Brigade Colour then become the Colour of the new Regiment.
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 21 May 2013, 17:50

The Coastal Artillery now the Ampibious Corps is a branch of the Navy. The Reigments belonging to this Branch was granted Colours with a Red Field displaying in the Middle the emblem of the Coastal Artillery - over Waves two Gun Barrels in saltire with a royal crown above and a flamming grenade below. In the Canton was placed a Regimental Symbol.

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Colour of the 1. amfibieregementet (1st Amphibious Regiment) (Amf 1, formerly Kungl. Vaxholms kustartilleriregemente - Royal Vaxholm Coastal Artillery Regiment KA 1), presented by HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HRH Prince Carl Philip (himself an officer in the Amphibious Corps) on 12 June 2003. In the upper inner corner the badge of the town of Vaxholm and in the lower the Gotland Ram for heritage from the former Royal Gotland Coastal Artillery Regiment KA 3, on wich colour the Ram was displayed in the Canton). The Regiment originated as the Vaxhoms artillerikår (the Vaxholm Artillery Corps) raised in 1889, which in 1902 became the Kungl. Vaxholms kustartilleriregemente (Royal Vaxholm Coastal Artillery Regiment)(KA 1), which in 2000 became the Vaxholms amfibieregemente (Vaxholm Amphibious Regiment) (Amf 1) and in 2006 the 1. amfibieregementet (1st Amphibious Regiment)(Amf 1).

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Kungl. Karlskrona kustartilleriregemente (Royal Karlskrona Coastal Artillery Regiment) (KA 2), the Colour was presented at the Stockholm Royal Palace by HM King Gustaf V on 1 June 1945. The distinctive emblem is from the arms of the City of Karlskrona. KA 3 was raised on 1 January 1902 and disbanded on 31 October 2000.

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Älvsborg Amphibious Regiment (Amf 4), the Colour was presented by the C.-in-C. of the Navy Viceadmiral Peter Nordbeck at the Stockholm Artillery Yard on 17 June 1995. Amf 4 was raised in 1942 as the Royal Älvsborg Coastal Artillery Regiment (KA 4) becoming Amf 4 in 2000. Disbanded in 2005. The Lion with Sword and Shield are tanken from the Arms of the Garrison Town of the Regiment Göteborg.

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Kungl. Härnösands kustartilleriregemente (Royal Härnösand Coastal Artillery Regiment) (KA 5), the Colour was presented by HM King Gustaf V at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on 1 June 1945. KA 5 was the last Coastal Artillery Regiment raised in 1953 as the Kungl. Härnösands kustartillerikår (Royal Härnösand CA Corps) becoming a Regiment in 1975. Disbanded 1 January 1998. The Beaver and Fish are taken from the Arms of Härnösand.

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Amfibiestridskolan (Amphibious Combat School), the Colour was presented to the then Kustartillericentrum (Coastal Artillery Centre) by the C.-in-C. of the Navy Viceadmiral Peter Nordbeck at the Stockholm Artillery Yard on 17 June 1995. Since 1 july 2000 it is used by the renamed Amfibiestridsskolan (Amphibious Combat School). In 2005 the School was amalgamated with the Örlogsskolorna (the Naval Schools) to form the Sjöstridsskolan (the Sea Combat School).
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Re: The Heraldic Regimental Colours of the Swedish Armed For

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 27 May 2013, 17:15

In 1994 there was created three Maintenance Regiments Northern, Central and Southern corresponding to the three Military Areas of the time. They where granted Colours based on those of the Train Regiments, their nearest decendants. But instead of placing the Regimental symbol in the Canton it was placed in the Center of the Sunburst.

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Colour of the Mellersta underhållsregementet (the Central Maintenance Regiment). The Regiment was raised 1 July 1994 and disbanded on 31 December 2001, when the Maintenance Regiments was merged into the Försvarsmaktens logistik (Defence Forces Logistics).

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Södra underhållsregementet (The Southern Maintenace Regiment), which had the same lifespan as the Central Maintenance Regiment.

I have not been able to find any picture or information regarding the Colour of the Norra underhållsregementet (the Northern Maintenance Regiment). But it would had have the same general appearence but with a Reindeer and a Star all Argent on a field Azure.
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