Origin and History
The regiment was created in 1620 when the Finnish Grand Regiment was divided into smaller units. It became an Indelta regiment in 1694.
In 1634, a government regulation ranked the Åboläns Regiment third among the infantry regiments.
During the Great Northern War, the regiment took part in the actions of Liesna (1708), Poltava (1709)
At the beginning of the Seven Years' War, this Finnish regiment was slightly under strength, counting 1,025 men. It consisted of two battalions of 4 companies, each company had 140 men.
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was commanded by:
- 1757: B. O. Stackelberg
Service during the War
By the end of August 1757, 6 companies of the regiment (about 850 men) had been transported across the Baltic towards Swedish-Pomerania.
On August 27 1759, during the campaign of Pomerania, the regiment formed part of the force who covered the assault and capture of the entrenchments of Swinemünde. On September 15, the regiment and Meijerfelt Grenadiers attacked the Prussian outposts in front of Wollin, forcing their defenders to retire to the fortified town. On October 1, the regiment followed Fersen's Corps when it left the Oder islands to join the Swedish Main Army in Pasewalk.
To do: campaigns from 1760 to 1763
|Coat||dark blue with 10 tin buttons down the front and 2 tin buttons in the small of the back
|Gaiters||white stocking with brown leather strap at knee|
Troopers were armed with a sword and a musket. The bayonet was permanently fixed to the musket.
NCOs wore uniforms similar to those of the privates with the following distinctions:
- a silver lace on the tricorne
- brass buttons (smaller than those of officers)
NCOs carried halberds but no cane.
Officers wore a blue uniform (coat) with blue distinctives (collar, cuffs, turnbacks). They were further distinguished from privates by:
- a gold lace on the tricorne
- no turnbacks on the coat
- a silver gorget
- brass buttons
- blue or black breeches (breeches of the same colour as those of the privates were also worn)
Horses were equipped with blue housing with a yellow border.
N.B.: contrarily to the custom in other armies, Swedish officers did not wear any sash
Musicians usually wore a yellow coat with white swallow nests on the shoulders.
The drum had a brass barrel decorated with a gold lion holding two swords and surrounded by nine white roses. Rims were blue edged yellow.
The pikes used as staffs to carry the colours were always yellow. The Liffana had gold finials while the Kompanifana had steel finials. The colours measured 2.12 x 1.70 m. (1.81 x 1.33 m. as per Clifford).
Liffana (colonel flag): white field; centre device carried the crowned royal arms of Sweden flanked by 2 crowned golden lions; the corner of the first canton carried a gold lion holding two swords and surrounded by nine white roses.
N.B.: for the liffana, Clifford adds a pedestal supporting the arms, the letters “AFRS” above the arms and 1 royal crown in the corner of each of the 3 remaining cantons.
Kompanifana (ordonnance flag): red field; centre device was a yellow or gold lion holding two swords and surrounded by nine white roses; the whole surrounded by a green laurel wreath tied with a gold ribbon.
The colonel's battalion carried the Liffana and a Kompanifana. The lieutenant-colonel's battalion carried 2 Kompanifanor.
Großer Generalstab, Die Kriege Friedrichs des Großen - Dritter Teil: Der Siebenjährige Krieg 1756–1763. Vol. 6 Leuthen, Kriegsgeschichtliche Abteilung II (Publisher), Berlin 1904, pp.92-107, Annex pp. 11-16
Högman, Hans: Svenska regementen under indelningsverkets dagar (broken link...)
Pengel, R. D. and G. R. Hurt: Swedish Army in Pomerania – 1757-1763, Birmingham, 1983
Purky, Jim: Swedish Army Organization, Seven Years War Association Journal Vol. X No. 1
Säwe, Teofron: Sveriges deltagande i Sjuåriga Kriget Åren 1757-1762, Beijers Bokförlagsaktiebolag, Stockholm, 1915
Schirmer, Friedrich: Die Heere der kriegführenden Staaten 1756-1763, published by KLIO-Landesgruppe Baden-Württemberg, Neuauflage 1989
Schorr, Dan: Swedish Flags 1757-1762 - Part II Infantry Flags, The Courrier, March-April 1980
Schorr, Dan: Uniforms of the Swedish Army, 1757-1762, The Courrier, June-July 1979
Wilson, Peter: The Swedish Army in 1756, Seven Years War Association Journal Vol. X No. 1
N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.