Originally Posted by polyesco
what is Frederik's rank?
and i see Frederik has the pilot wings but not Haakon?
and yes I like Frederik's full uniform best
and Frederik is more handsome too (imo)
Frederik's rank is kommandør, which is equivalent to commodore or full captain, depending on the navy.
It's not pilotwings but free fall jump wings, he's wearing. Had the parachute been blue it would have been static line jump wings.
Yes, the Ulrik Ulriken, as usual, use a very flowery language. Describing the two CPs as "a visual hit" as well.
Let's have a look at the uniforms. This time the King's Guard from Norway.
The great thing about guards uniforms (and gala unifroms) is that you read them like an open book.
They are armed with the Garand rifle, which is a now a common ceremonial rifle. I'm not sure what the Norweigian army uses now as the standard rifle.
Anyway, they were originally a jäger regiment. (In contrast the Danish Royal Lifeguard was originally a grenadier regiment).
Looking at the photos you can see the white infantry stripe on their trousers and the green jäger epaulettes on their shoulders.
They are also lightly equipped, for fast movement. Again in contrast to the Danish guard which is heavily armed with an infantry sabre as well as a grenade bag.
The whole thing about jäger regiments started in present day Germany from around mid 1700's.
There is a long tradition for hunting in Central Europe and as such there were a lot of gamekeepers and when called up, they brought with them their hunting rifles and wearing their normal dark green workclothes, they were used as snipers and scouts in the regiments they belonged.
But as there is also a long tradition for shooting guilds in Central Europe, who often formed their own independent free companies, it was towards the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars decided: "Why not form regiments of these people"?
Dressed in typically dark green unforms to blend in with the terrain and issued rifles, rather than the standard musket, they became the special forces of the day.
That is to operate independently, conducting raids and whatever tasks that required above average initiative and indeed intelligence.
They were not snipers (that job was still conducted by game wardens who followed their officers), instead they were regiments of marksmen, firing independently and as far as possible from behind cover.
This is not to be confused with light companies (later regiments). They operated as skirmishers, vanguards, and performed close flank security. But they were issued muskets. Jägers could do that as well, but typically operated independently from the rest of the army.
Jägers must not be confused with American riflemen during the Revolution. They were predominantly millitia who brought their own, often small caliber, hunting rifles with them. Jägers operated as a unit, uniformed and issued much shorter but heavy caliber rifles.
Now the concept of special forces operations is nothing new. The Romans routinely performed special forces operations and it became very common in Medieval Europe as well. (In fact Denmark was saved as a nation due to a special forces operation in the 1300's. - The Murder of the Bald Count).
But the establishment of jäger regiments were among the first attempts to form regular special forces units. Such units attracted typically young men, often outdoors men, with an above average intelligence and initiative and typically they were also more litterate than those in line regiments. As such they had few problems getting the recruits they wanted and attracting the best officers, which was a problem in the line regiments. That led to a good deal of resentment from traditional officers, who were envious but also frowned on the "ill discipline", initiative and independent thinking among junior officers and soldiers. This not being something they were comfortable with. - Why, they are nothing but a bunch of poachers!
On top of that Jäger regiments were expensive to equip and they cost a fortune in ammunition and what not to keep them up to standard. So jäger regiments, despite their romantic nature often ended up being the first to be dismantled after a war. Not least because there was a genuine problem in keeping soldiers and officers of high quality idling around in peacetime.
That, short and simplified is the history behind the King Guard.