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Jutland Dragoon Regiment
Jydske Dragonregiment
Active 1657–present
Country Denmark
Branch Army
Type Armoured cavalry
Role 1. Bataljon - Armoured
2. Bataljon - Armoured Infantry
5. Bataljon - Training
Size Three battalions
Part of Hærens Operative Kommando
Garrison/HQ Holstebro
Nickname(s) JDR Dino'er
Motto(s) Fortuna Fortes Juvat (Fortune favours the Brave)
Regimental belt Stable belt JDR.PNG
March "Danmarks Blå Dragoner" ("Denmark's Blue Dragoons")
Anniversaries Formation (1 November 1679)
The Rytterfægtning by Rosengarten (12 Oktober 1813)
Battle of Rahlstedt (6 December 1813)
Battle of Sehested (10 December 1813)
Niels Kjeldsen's Battle by Højen (28 February 1864)
Rytterfægtningen at Vorbasse (29 February 1864)
Engagements Second Nordic War (1657−60)
Scanian War (1675−79)
Great Nordic War (1700 & 1709−20)
First Schleswig War (1848−51)
Second Schleswig War (1864)
Operation Weserübung-Süd (1940)
Operation Bøllebank (1994)
War in Kosovo (1998−1999), War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Iraq War (2003−07)
Colonel Kurt Mosgaard
Ceremonial chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
Colonel Kurt Mosgaard
Col. Lars Møller

The Jutland Dragoon Regiment (Danish language: Jydske Dragonregiment ) is the sole, purely armoured infantry regiment of the Royal Danish Army, and one of only three Danish combat regiments in which soldiers are entitled to wear the black beret.

The Regiment traces its roots back to the 3rd Dragoon Regiment formed in 1657, but did not become the Jutland Dragoon Regiment until 1932, with the amalgamation of the 3rd Dragoon Regiment in Århus and the 5th Dragoon regiment in Randers. The regimental fusion eventually necessitated a relocation to Holstebro in 1953, where the Dragoons have remained ever since.

The Regiment acquired international fame in recent time, when it served with UNPROFOR in Bosnia, where the Dragoons of Jutland assaulted Serb AT-3 Sagger positions in one of the largest skirmishes between UNPROFOR forces and military units involved in the war in Bosnia, and the largest Danish battle engagement since The Second Schleswig War of 1864. The battle, known as Operation Bøllebank,[1] was later characterized by the commander at the time as the time when "the mouse ate the cat".

On July 19, 2005, another traditional regiment, Prinsens Livregiment was merged with Jydske Dragonregiment, and personnel serving as Dragoons became entitled to bear the insignia of the Royal Danish Prince Consort, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark

From the 1960s to 2004 the regiment had responsibility for three armoured battalions, one reconnaissance battalion and three motorized infantry battalions. The three armoured battalions were assigned to different brigades, the recce battalion and later (1992) one armoured battalion as independent battalions in Danish Division. From 1992−2004 the regiment also had to form three light reconnaissance squadrons assigned to three of the five brigades. With the three infantry battalions and regimental staff, in war time, the regiment could form a battlegroup, with combat support/artillery troops from other regiments.

The regiment today serves only in its armoured role as well as in an educational role for new conscripts, in a separate battalion.

  • Units
    • I/JDR (1953−present) Armoured Battalion
    • II/JDR (1953−present): Armoured Battalion (1961–2004), Training Battalion (2004−2011, Armoured Infantry Battalion (2011−present)
    • III/JDR (1961−2004) Armoured Battalion
    • IV/JDR (1961−2004) Infantry Battalion, also as Training Battalion in mid '80s
    • V/JDR (1974−2004,2011−present) Recon Battalion (197−2004) Training Battalion (2011−present)
    • VI/JDR (1992−2004) Infantry Battalion, merged in from other regiments, only as reserve
    • VII/JDR (1992−2004) Infantry Battalion, merged in from other regiments, only as reserve

The regiment has in recent time served on the frontline in Danish involvements in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Regimental logo is inspired by the coat of arms of Denmark, and features a blue lion above 9 red hearts, and the monogram C5, in reference to King Christian 5th who ordered the formation of the original 3rd Dragoon Regiment. The lion and its red hearts are also a symbol of Jutland and are featured on the stern of Fregatten Jylland.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Raids magazine

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