Origin and History
The regiment was initially raised in 1614 as the "Södermanlands Storeregement", one of the nine ""grand regiments"" organised by Gustavus Adolphus. It incorporated various fänikors (smaller units of about 500 men) from Södermanlands, Närke and Värmlands raised in the 1550's.
In 1624, this grand regiment was organised into sub-units: three field regiments (Närke, Värmlands and Södermanlands) and one cavalry regiment.
In 1634, a government regulation ranked the Södermanlands Regiment as fourth among the infantry regiments.
On December 5 1682, the grand regiment was finally broken down into three distinct and independent "Indelta" regiments, giving birth to the Södermanlands Infantry regiment.
In 1699, just before the Great Northern War, it was shipped to Wismar and took part in the Holstein campaign of 1700. With Gyllenstierna to Poland in 1702 and thereafter with the King army. Captured at Poltava (1709) but reraised. In the 1710 Skane campaign and then in the same year in Pomerania. With Stenbock and then captured at Tonningen. Reraised for the second time and commanded to the fleet and Roslagen. One battalion in the Norwegian campaign of 1716, both in that of 1718. At Stäket (1719).
At the beginning of the Seven Years' War, the regiment consisted of 1,200 privates in 2 battalions of 4 companies. Each company had 150 privates and 11 officers, NCOs and musicians. The eight companies were (in order): Livkompaniet, Vingåkers, Nyköpings, Oppunda, Strängnäs, Öster Rekarne, Väster Rekarne and Gripsholms.
During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was commanded by:
- J. D. von Köhler
Service during the War
In 1757, six companies of the regiment (about 1,000 men) were part of the expeditionary force sent to Pomerania under Field Marshal Mathias Alexander von Ungern Sternberg. These companies remained in Pomerania until 1761.
|Coat||dark blue with 10 Pewter buttons down the front with yellow trimmed buttonholes and 1 pewter button at small of the back
|Gaiters||white wool stockings with brown leather strap at knee|
Troopers were armed with a sword and a musket. The bayonet was permanently fixed to the musket.
Schirmer as well as Pengel and Hurt mention white trimmed buttonholes.
NCOs wore uniforms similar to those of the privates with the following differences:
- silver lace on the tricorne
- white collar, cuffs and turnbacks
- no shoulder straps
- brass buttons (smaller than those of officers)
- white waistcoat
- white breeches
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)
N.B.: contrarily to the custom in other armies, Swedish officers did not wear any sash
Horses were equipped with blue housing with a yellow border.
The uniform of the drummers was completely white.
The drums were brass with provincial coats of arms embossed on the front. The rims were blue with yellow edging.
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 black griffin.
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): yellow field; centre device consisting of a black griffin; 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.
Alexanderssons: Lars, Heraldik - Landskapsvapen (website)
Economic Expert: Sudermannia Grand Regiment (website)
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
Höglund, Lars-Eric and Ake Sallnäs: The Great Northern War 1700-1721, Colours and Uniforms, Acedia Press, Karlstadt, 2000
Högman, Hans: Svenska regementen under indelningsverkets dagar (website)
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
Swedish War Archives, Sketches of infantry uniforms
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.