Gallery 2 — Danish Life Regiment

On Decem­ber 7, 1763, Danske Livreg­i­ment was estab­lished, whose offi­cers’ corps con­sist­ed of 27 offi­cers from the Roy­al Life Guards on foot and of 9 offi­cers from the dis­used Grenaderko­rp, which was estab­lished in 1701.

The reg­i­ment was set up by King Fred­erik 5, who decid­ed that the reg­i­ment should always be the first in the infantry ”. The reg­i­ment, orig­i­nal­ly planned as a pure­ly nation­al unit with deployed crew, quick­ly had to sup­ple­ment itself with the recruits of the Ger­man states to come up with the pre­scribed strength of 2 bat­tal­ions of 6 com­pa­nies.
 
June 23, 1773 annexed 1. Zealand Nation­al Bat­tal­ion, and on June 8, 1774, this bat­tal­ion was incor­po­rat­ed into the reg­i­ment. August 28, 1778, a 3rd bat­tal­ion was estab­lished at the reg­i­ment. On Feb­ru­ary 11, 1785, this bat­tal­ion was abol­ished and part of the crew was includ­ed in the “Cron­borgske­Batil­lon”. Danske Livreg­i­ment got its bap­tism of fire in the war against the Eng­lish, where it fought in the bat­tle of Rhe­den and part­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in the defense of Copen­hagen in 1807. Feb­ru­ary 15, 1808, 2 batlions of the Land­vær­net’s youngest crew were annexed and on Novem­ber 8, 1819 it became the 1st Livreg­i­ment for Foot on 2 bat­tal­ions of 5 com­pa­nies