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Swedish Armoured Troops
File:AM.005037.jpg
Branch insignia m/63.
Country Sweden
Branch Swedish Army
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Service history
Active 1942–present
Part of Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters[lower-alpha 1]
Commanders
Insignia

Swedish Armoured Troops (Swedish language:Pansartrupperna ) is the armoured branch of the Swedish Army. Since 2005, the Armoured Troops include the South Scanian Regiment (P 7) in Revingehed and Skaraborg Regiment (P 4) in Skövde, and since 2018 also Gotland Regiment (P 18).

HistoryEdit

In Sweden, after the World War I, a smaller number of tanks were procured. The training with these was located to Svea Life Guards (I 1). According to the Defence Act of 1925, a tank battalion was organized, which was placed to Göta Life Guards (I 2).[1] According to the Defence Act of 1936, a tank battalion was organized at each of the Södermanland Regiment (I 10) and Skaraborg Regiment (I 9). The Swedish Armoured Troops were formed on 1 October 1942.[2] According to the Defence Act of 1942, the armoured troops were organized in peace-time as an independent branch of four armoured regiments (Göta Armoured Life Guards, Scanian Armoured Regiment, Södermanland Armoured Regiment and Skaraborg Armoured Regiment). The Swedish Armoured Troops were organized in war-time in armoured brigades consisting of, among other things, a tank and two armoured infantry battalions and an artillery battalion.[1]

Officers where trained at the Swedish Armoured Troops School in Skövde 1944–1981, the Swedish Armoured Troops Combat School (Pansartruppernas stridsskola, PS) in Skövde 1981–1991 and the Swedish Armoured Troops Cadet and Officer Candidate School in Enköping 1961–1981.

Inspector of the Swedish Armoured TroopsEdit

Inspector of the Armoured Troop, Colonel Pehr Janse

Pehr Janse, Inspector 1942–45.

The head was called Inspector of the Swedish Armoured Troops (Pansarinspektören).[3] The Inspector was from 1991 to 1995 the head of the Swedish Army Armoured Center (Arméns pansarcentrum, PaC). Below is a list of inspectors active in the years 1942–1995.[4]

  • 1942–1945: Pehr Janse
  • 1945–1946: Gunnar Berggren
  • 1946–1956: Birger Pontén
  • 1956–1957: Gustav Åkerman
  • 1957–1960: Malcolm Murray
  • 1960–1963: Tage Olihn
  • 1963–1967: Per-Hjalmar Bauer
  • 1967–1976: Hugo Cederschiöld
  • 1976–1980: Per Björkman
  • 1980–1983: Björn Zickerman
  • 1983–1985: Curt Hasselgren
  • 1985–1990: Håkan Waernulf
  • 1990–1993: Stig Edgren
  • 1993–1995: Alf Sandqvist

InsigniasEdit

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. The branch was subordinate the Inspector of the Swedish Armoured Troops (Pansarinspektören) at the Armoured Department of the Army Staff from 1942 to 1991. After that, it was subordinate to the commander of the Swedish Army Armoured Warfare Centre (1991–1995), the commander of the Swedish Army Brigade Center (1995–1997), the commander of the Swedish Army Center (1997–2000), the Joint Forces Command (2000–2005), and the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters from 2005.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 (in Swedish) Svensk uppslagsbok (2nd, revis. and enlarged ed.). Malmö: Förlagshuset Norden. 1955. pp. 345–346. LIBRIS 11112. Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. https://archive.is/20140312215035/http://svenskuppslagsbok.se/tag/svea/. 
  2. Holmberg, Björn (1993) (in Swedish). Arméns regementen, skolor och staber: [en uppslagsbok]: en sammanställning. Arvidsjaur: Svenskt militärhistoriskt bibliotek (SMB). p. 24. ISBN 91-972209-0-6. LIBRIS 7796532. 
  3. Gullberg, Ingvar E. (1977) (in sv). Svensk-engelsk fackordbok för näringsliv, förvaltning, undervisning och forskning (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 630. ISBN 91-1-775052-0. LIBRIS 8345587. http://runeberg.org/svenfack/0650.html. 
  4. Kjellander, Bo, ed (1992) (in Swedish). Pansartrupperna 1942–1992. Skövde: Arméns pansarcentrum. p. 355. ISBN 91-630-1253-7. LIBRIS 7449092. 

Further readingEdit

  • Anderson, Jan, ed (1982) (in Swedish). Pansartrupperna 40 år. [Hässleholm]: [Skånska dragonregementet]. LIBRIS 379283. 
  • Henriksson, Peter, ed (1993) (in Swedish). Pansartrupperna 50 år: en bildkavalkad. Skövde: Arméns pansarcentrum. LIBRIS 1746856. 
  • Kjellander, Bo, ed (1992) (in Swedish). Pansartrupperna 1942–1992. Skövde: Arméns pansarcentrum. ISBN 91-630-1253-7. LIBRIS 7449092. 

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