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Swedish military areas and military area command locations in 1989

Swedish military areas (Swedish language:Militärområde , Milo) were multi-service commands of the Swedish Armed Forces. The commander of a military area, the Militärområdesbefälhavare (also militärbefälhavare), commanded the Swedish Army divisions stationed in the region, the regional naval command, the regional air defence sector as well as the lower regional subdivision defence areas that made up the military area. The commander answered directly to the Supreme Commander. The military areas in the modern form were created in 1966, and each area was named according to the geographical area they covered. Several changes were made, such as creating or merging areas, until all military areas were disbanded in 2000.

Military areasEdit

1942–1966Edit

From 1942, Sweden was divided into seven military areas (numbered I-VII). In connection with an organizational change in 1966, a name change was also implemented. The military areas took over the operational command, that is, the military area was responsible for the war planning in its area in the event of war.

English name Swedish name Location Active
I Military Area I. militärområdet Kristianstad 1942–1966
II Military Area II. militärområdet Östersund 1942–1966
III Military Area III. militärområdet Skövde 1942–1966
IV Military Area IV. militärområdet Stockholm
Strängnäs
1942–1963
1963–1966
V Military Area V. militärområdet Stockholm
Karlstad
1942–1942
1942–1966
VI Military Area VI. militärområdet Boden 1942–1966
VII Military Area VII. militärområdet Visby 1942–1966

1966–1990sEdit

In connection with an organizational change in 1966, a name change was carried out in the military areas. The military areas took over the operational command, that is, the military area was responsible for war planning in the area in the event of war. Furthermore, the number of military areas was reduced when the VII Military Area, which included Gotland, amalgamated into a command within the Eastern Military Area.

Designation English name Swedish name Location Active Note
Milo S Southern Military Area Södra militärområdet Kristianstad 1966–2000 Previously the I Military Area
Milo NN Lower Norrland Military Area Nedre Norrlands militärområde Östersund 1966–1993 Previously the II Military Area
Milo V Western Military Area Västra militärområdet Skövde 1966–1993 Previously the III Military Area
Milo Ö Eastern Military Area Östra militärområdet Strängnäs 1966–1991 Previously the IV Military Area
Milo B Bergslagen Military Area Bergslagens militärområde Karlstad 1966–1991 Previously the V Military Area
Milo ÖN Upper Norrland Military Area Övre Norrlands militärområde Boden 1966–1993 Previously the VI Military Area
MKG Gotland Military Command Gotlands militärkommando Visby 1966–2000 Previously the VII Military Area
Incorporated into Milo Ö, but remains as a staff.

1990s-2000Edit

The 1966 organization lasted until the years 1991 and 1993, when the six military areas were amalgamated and formed three areas and a command.

Designation English name Swedish name Location Active Note
Milo S Southern Military Area Södra militärområdet Kristianstad 1966–2000 Milo V was incorporated in Milo S in 1993.
Milo M Middle Military Area Mellersta militärområdet Strängnäs 1991–2000 Formed by merging of Milo B and Milo Ö.
Milo N Northern Military Area Norra militärområdet Boden 1993–2000 Formed by merging of Milo NN and Milo ÖN.
MKG Gotland Military Command Gotlands militärkommando Visby 1966–2000 Transferred to Milo M in 1991.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Braunstein, Christian (2003) (in Swedish). Sveriges arméförband under 1900-talet. Skrift / Statens försvarshistoriska museer, 1101-7023 ; 5. Stockholm: Statens försvarshistoriska museer. ISBN 91-971584-4-5. LIBRIS 8902928. 
  • Holmberg, Björn (1993) (in Swedish). Arméns regementen, skolor och staber: [en uppslagsbok] : en sammanställning. Arvidsjaur: Svenskt militärhistoriskt bibliotek (SMB). ISBN 91-972209-0-6. LIBRIS 7796532. 
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