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Västernorrland Regiment
Västernorrlands regemente
Västernorrlandsgruppen vapen.svg
Active 1869–1983, 1991–2000
Country  Sweden
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Branch Swedish Army
Type Infantry
Size Regiment
Part of 5th Military District (1869–1888)
6th Military District (1889–1893)
6th Army Division (1893–1901)
VI Army Division (1902–1927)
Northern Army Division (1928–1936)
II Army Division (1937–1942)
II Military Area (1942–1966)
Lower Norrland Military Area (1966–1983)
Sollefteå Army Garrison (1983–1990)
Lower Norrland Military Area (1990–1993)
Northern Military Area (1993–1997)
Garrison/HQ Sollefteå
Motto(s) För ditt land, Din hembygd, Ditt regemente ("For your country, your hometown, your regiment")
Colors Green and white
March "Västernorrlands regementes marsch" (Rydberg, Faust)[note 1]
Insignia
Unit insignia m/1960 AM.090983 I 21 (2).jpg

The Västernorrland Regiment (Swedish language: Västernorrlands regemente ), designation I 21/Fo 23, was a Swedish Army infantry unit which operated in various forms the years 1869-1983 and 1991-2000. It was located in Sollefteå Garrison in Sollefteå.

Barracks and training areas[edit | edit source]

Barracks[edit | edit source]

When the Allotment system was abolished and the conscript army was introduced in the early 20th century, the regiment moved to the newly built barracks in Sollefteå on 5 April 1911. However, the fact that the regiment was moved to Sollefteå was not a matter of course, when the army proposed that the regiment should be placed in Härnösand. The regimental commander Selander expressed himself: "A barracks in Sollefteå would become morally ruinous for the officers." For strategic reasons, partly because of the Forsmo Bridge, it was decided that the regiment should be placed in Sollefteå.[2]

The barracks establishment was built according to the 1901 Defense Reform Building Program, following the Fortifikationen's drawings for infantry barracks establishment. A total of 80 buildings were built in the area during its active time. On 1 July 1992, the barracks area was abandoned on Trängvägen, and Norrland Train Regiment (Norrlands trängregemente, T 3) was co-located with the Västernorrland Regiment on Regementsvägen. When the garrison was concentrated on Regementsvägen, a larger extension of the garages and storage areas was made in autumn of 1993. After the garrison was disbanded, the area was sold to Vasallen, which developed the area for residential and office space.[3][4]

Training areas[edit | edit source]

The regiment trained at Sånga mo and Sollefteå camp before moving to Sollefteå in 1911. In Sollefteå, the regiment was trained at Tjärnmyran's proving ground.[4][5]

Detachment[edit | edit source]

In connection with the disbandment of Sundsvall Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Sundsvalls luftvärnsregemente, Lv 5) on 30 June 1982, the operation was resumed in a decommissioning organisation from 1 July 1982. The decommissioning organisation in Sundsvall was subordinated and administered by the Västernorrland Regiment. The decommissioning organisation was dissolved on 31 December 1982.[5] From 1 July 1982 a department was located in the former regimental barracks in Sundsvall where the schoolhouse and a barracks were used for voluntary activities.[6]

Heraldry and traditions[edit | edit source]

Colours, standards and guidons[edit | edit source]

A colour was presented to the Royal Västernorrland Regiment (I 21) at Nipvallen in Sollefteå by His Majesty the King Gustaf VI Adolf on 16 August 1960. It was used as regimental colour by I 21/Fo 23 until 1 July 2000. The colour was drawn by Brita Grep and embroidered by hand in insertion technique by the company Libraria.[7] Blazon: "Per pale the provincial badge of Ångermanland; on blue three white salmons in pale, armed red, the middle one sinisterset, and the provincial badge of Medelpad; with waves four times divided in blue, white, red, white and blue."[7]

Coat of arms[edit | edit source]

The coat of the arms of the Västernorrland Regiment (I 21/Fo 23) 1977–1994 and the Ångermanland Brigade (Ångermanlandsbrigaden, NB 21) 1994–2000. Blazon: "Per pale azure, the provincial badge of Ångermanland, three salmons naiant in pale, the middle one sinister set, armed gules, and the provincial badge of Medelpad; with waves four times divided, azure, argent, gules, argent and azure. The shield surmounted two muskets in saltire or".[8] The coat of arms of the Västernorrland Regiment (I 21/Fo 23) 1994–2000 and the Västernorrland Group (Västernorrlandsgruppen) 2000–2004. Blazon: "Per pale azure, the provincial badge of Ångermanland, three salmons naiant in pale, the middle one sinister set, armed gules and the provincial badge of Medelpad; with waves four times divided, azure, argent, gules, argent and azure. The shield surmounted two swords in saltire or".[8]

Medals[edit | edit source]

In 1974, the Västernorrlands regementes (I 21) och Ångermanlandsbrigadens (NB 21) förtjänstmedalj ("Västernorrland Regiment (I 21) and Ångermanland Brigade (NB 21) Medal of Merit") in gold and silver (VnorregÅngbrigGM/SM) of the 9th size was established. The medal ribbon is divided in green and white moiré.[9]

In 2000, the Västernorrlands regementes (I 21) och Ångermanlandsbrigadens (NB 21) minnesmedalj ("Västernorrland Regiment (I 21) and Ångermanland Brigade (NB 21) Commemorative Medal") in silver (VnorrlregÅngermbrigMSM) of the 8th size was established. The medal ribbon is divided in green, white, green, white and green.[10]

Commanding officers[edit | edit source]

Battalion and regimental commanders from 1869 to 2000.[11] From 1974, the commanding officer was titled Defense Area Commander (försvarsområdesbefälhavare), and held the rank of Colonel 1st Class. The regimental commander was from 1983 to 1990 also the commanding officer of the Sollefteå Army Garrison (SAG).[12]

  • 1869–1873: Axel Georg Wästfelt
  • 1873–1883: Carl Theodor Alexander Biörck
  • 1883–1888: Sven Hjalmar Thestrup
  • 1888–1893: Carl Vilhelm Knut von Rosen
  • 1893–1899: Axel Gustaf Laurell
  • 1899–1907: Nils Johan Teodor Selander
  • 1907–1908: Hugo William Hamilton
  • 1908–1913: Knut Johan Wilhelm Bergenstråhle
  • 1913–1918: Carl Henrik Ulrik Scheffer
  • 1918–1923: Bo Boustedt
  • 1923–1930: Olof Herman Sundberg
  • 1930–1935: Thord Richard Evers
  • 1935–1937: Folke Högberg
  • 1937–1942: Gösta Hollström
  • 1942–1947: Magnus Elias Hedenlund
  • 1947–1954: Erland Fredrik Lindhammar
  • 1954–1958: Gustaf Wilhelm Reutersvärd
  • 1958–1962: Georg von Boisman
  • 1962–1963: Stig Synnergren
  • 1963–1974: Anders Kjellgren
  • 1974–1974: Bengt Sjöberg
  • 1974–1977: Ingemar Grunditz
  • 1978–1982: Bengt Sjöberg
  • 1982–1983: Åke Sagrén
  • 1983–1987: Lennart Rönnberg
  • 1987–1989: Göte Bergerbrant
  • 1989–1993: Karl Forssberg
  • 1993–1997: Bo Svensson
  • 1997–2000: Hans Georg Aminoff

Names, designations and locations[edit | edit source]

Name Translation From To
Kungl. Västernorrlands beväringsbataljon Royal Västernorrland Conscript Battalion 1869-03-29 1886-12-31
Kungl. Västernorrlands bataljon Royal Västernorrland Battalion 1887-01-01 1892-12-31
Kungl. Västernorrlands regemente Royal Västernorrland Regiment 1893-01-01 1974-06-30
Kungl. Västernorrlands regemente och försvarsområde Royal Västernorrland Regiment and Defence Area 1974-07-01 1974-12-31
Västernorrlands regemente och försvarsområde Västernorrland Regiment and Defence Area 1975-01-01 1983-06-30
Västernorrlands regemente och försvarsområde Västernorrland Regiment and Defence Area 1991-07-01 2000-06-30
Avvecklingsorganisation Ångermanland Decommissioning Organisation Ångermanland 2000-07-01 2001-06-30
Designation From To
№ 29 1893-01-01 1901-12-31
№ 28 1902-01-01 1914-09-30
I 28 1914-10-01 1927-12-31
I 21 1928-01-01 1974-06-30
I 21/Fo 23 1974-07-01 1983-06-30
I 21/Fo 23 1991-07-01 2000-06-30
Ao Ång 2000-07-01 2001-06-30
Location From To
Sånga mo 1893-01-01 1899-??-??
Sollefteå läger 1899-??-?? 1911-04-04
Sollefteå Garrison 1911-04-05 2001-06-30

See also[edit | edit source]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. The march was adopted in 1901 and was established in 1953 by Army Order 33/1953. The march was used by Ångermanland Brigade (Ångermanlandsbrigaden) from 1994 to 2000 and by the Västernorrland Group (Västernorrlandsgruppen) from 2000 to 2004.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Print[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Erlandsson, Ivar, ed (1954) (in Swedish). Kungl. Västernorrlands regemente 1854-1954: Minnesskrift utg. med anledning av regementets 100-årsjubileum. Sollefteå: Nya Norrland. 1468758. 
  • Hamnström, Carl (1965) (in Swedish). Kungl. Västernorrlands regemente: biografiska uppgifter om aktiva officerare och likställda 1854-1964. Sollefteå: I 21:s officerskårs enskilda kassa. 8198538. 
  • Hamnström, Carl (1983) (in Swedish). Kungl. Västernorrlands regemente: biografiska uppgifter om aktiva underofficerare och kompaniofficerare 1869-1981. [Sollefteå]: [Västernorrlands regementes kamratförening]. 2287651. 
  • Lundbergh, Hans (1961) (in Swedish). Kungliga Västernorrlands regemente och dess nya fana. Sollefteå. 3201968. 
  • Nauclér, Einar (1991) (in Swedish). Ångermanlandsbrigaden I 51 - IB 51 - NB 51. Sollefteå: Ångermanlandsbrigaden, Västernorrlands regemente. 1232008. 
  • (in Swedish) Försvar och bygd i Ångermanland och Medelpad. Västernorrlands regemente och dess föregångare. [Sollefteå]: [Komm.]. 1977. ISBN 91-7260-128-0. 157425. 
  • Östergren, Stefan (1977) (in Swedish). Ångermanlands, Jämtlands och Medelpads regemente: ett infanteriförband i Norrland under 1600-talet. Östervåla. 3202027. 

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