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Southern Military Area
Södra militärområdet
Heraldic arms
Active 1942–2000
Country  Sweden
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Branch Multi (Sea, Air and Land)
Type Military area
Role Operational, territorial and tactical operations
Garrison/HQ Kristianstad
March "På marsch" (Rydberg)[note 1]
Command flag AM.087630.jpg

Southern Military Area (Swedish language: Södra militärområdet , Milo S), originally I Military Area (Swedish language: I. militärområdet ) was a Swedish military area, a command of the Swedish Armed Forces that had operational control over Southern Sweden, for most time of its existence corresponding to the area covered by the counties of Malmöhus, Kristianstad (now joined as Skåne County), Blekinge, Kronoberg, Jönköping and Kalmar. The headquarters of Milo S were located in Kristianstad.

History[edit | edit source]

Milo S was created in 1966 along with five other military areas as part of a reorganisation of the administrative divisions of the Swedish Armed Forces. It can be seen as the successor of the I Military Area (I. militärområdet) created in 1942, but that did not have the same tasks as Milo S. The military area consisted of the land covered by the above-mentioned counties, with the exception of a small part of northern Kalmar County which instead was part of the Eastern Military Area (Milo Ö) until 1983 when the whole county's area was incorporated into Milo S. In 1993, the number of military areas of Sweden was decreased to three, and as a consequence of that, Western Military Area (Milo V) was merged with Milo S to form a new southern military area. In 2000, these last three military areas were disbanded and the command for the whole of Sweden was placed at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, in accordance with the Defence Act of 2000.

Units 1989[edit | edit source]

In peacetime the Southern Military Area consisted of the following units, which were training recruits for wartime units:

In wartime the Southern Military Area would have activated the following major land units, as well as a host of smaller units:

  • 1st Division, in Kristianstad
  • 13th (Armoured) Division, in Kristianstad
    • PB 7 - Malmö Brigade, in Revingehed, a Type 63M armoured brigade based on the P 7 - South Scanian Regiment
    • PB 8 - Göinge Brigade, in Hässleholm, a Type 63M armoured brigade based on the P 2 - Scania Dragoon Regiment
    • IB 11 - Kronoberg Brigade, in Växjö, a Type 77 infantry brigade based on the I 11 - Kronoberg Regiment
    • IB 12 - Jönköping Brigade, in Eksjö, a Type 66M infantry brigade based on the I 12 - North Småland Regiment
    • PB 26 - Kristianstad Brigade, in Kristianstad, a Type 63M armoured brigade based on the P 6 - North Scania Regiment
    • IB 41 - Blekinge Brigade, in Växjö, a Type 66M infantry brigade based on the I 11 - Kronoberg Regiment
    • IB 42 - Kalmar Brigade, in Eksjö, a Type 77 infantry brigade based on the I 12 - North Småland Regiment

Heraldry and traditions[edit | edit source]

Coat of arms[edit | edit source]

The coat of arms of the Southern Military Area Staff 1983–1994. Blazon: "Azur, an erect sword with the area letter (S - South) surrounded by an open chaplet of oak leaves, all or."[2]

The coat of arms of the Southern Military Area Staff 1994–2000. It was also used by the Southern Military District (Södra militärdistriktet, MD S) 2000–2005 and the Western Military Region (Västra militärregionen, MR V) 2018–present. Blazon: "Azure, with waves argent six times divided bendy-sinister argent, charged with a doubletailed crowned lion rampant or, armed and langued gules. The shield surmounted an erect sword or."[2]

Medals[edit | edit source]

In 2000, the Södra militärområdesstabens (MilostabS) minnesmedalj ("Southern Military Area Staff (MilostabS) Commemorative Medal") in silver (MiloSSMM) of the 8th size was established. The medal is oval in shape and the medal ribbon is of yellow moiré with blue edges and a blue stripe on each side.[3]

Commanding officers[edit | edit source]

Military commanders[edit | edit source]

Chiefs of Staff[edit | edit source]

  • 1942–1957: ???
  • 1957–1960: Ove Ljung
  • 1960–1966: ???
  • 1966–1966: Kjell Nordström
  • 1966–1973: Sigmund Ahnfelt
  • 1973–1978: Rolf Rheborg
  • 1978–1979: Bror Stefenson
  • 1980–1984: Carl Björeman
  • 1984–1988: Göran Wallén
  • 1988–1991: Peter Nordbeck
  • 1991–1993: ???
  • 1993–1994: Bertel Österdahl
  • 1994–1999: Ulf Rubarth
  • 1999–2000: Mats Welff

Names, designations and locations[edit | edit source]

Name Translation From To
I. militärområdet I Military Area 1942-10-01 1966-09-30
Södra militärområdet Southern Military Area 1966-10-01 2000-06-30
Avvecklingsorganisation Decommissioning Organisation 2000-07-01 2001-03-31
Designation From To
I. Milo 1942-10-01 1966-09-30
Milo S 1966-10-01 2000-06-30
Location From To
Kristianstad Garrison 1942-07-06 2001-03-31

See also[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. The march was adopted in 1994 and was established on 13 June 1996. It was used by the Southern Military District (Södra militärdistriktet) from 2000 to 2005.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Sandberg 2007, p. 64
  2. 2.0 2.1 Braunstein 2006, p. 16
  3. Braunstein 2007, p. 111

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