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The Swedish National Home Guard

The National Home Guard (Swedish: Hemvärnet – De nationella skyddsstyrkorna) is a military reserve force of the Swedish Army. As such they are an important unit of the national defense forces. The Home Guard was formally established on May 29, 1940, during World War II. An additional group, called the Lotta Corps (Women's Voluntary Defense Service), helped with additional tasks that the Home Unit was unable to perform themselves. The personnel in the Home Guard are made up of locally recruited volunteers and consists largely of experienced soldiers and officers with a background in mission-based units. In addition, the Home Guard also includes a large proportion of specialists, for example, paramedics, motorcycle orderlies and dog handlers, that are recruited and trained by voluntary defense organizations. Some units of the National Home Guard located near the coast also have marine companies equipped with Combat Boat 90. The main tasks of the Home Guard are as follows: Guarding/protection of infrastructure that is most vital for Sweden's total defense such as power supplies, command and communication systems, communications and other installations to prevent sabotage. Guarding/protection of important installations such as airfields and naval bases against sabotage. Guarding/protection of ammunition and mobilization depots and sensitive entry points against sabotage. Assistance in incident preparedness, surveillance of territory and in civilian disaster/rescue readiness. The platoon is the normal combat unit. The companies are formed by the platoons, as are the battalions by the companies. The units are spread all over the country and today there are approximately 70 battalions consisting of approx. 300 companies. Every battalion has or will have at least one emergency/alert platoon with very high readiness, good training and efficient equipment. Territorial surveillance, base security, escort duties, transport protection, target identification and artillery spotting are other typical Home Guard duties. Rapid Response units have more combat tasks compared to the rest of the Home Guard. The units of the Home Guard have a response capability that is measured in hours, as opposed to days or weeks. When the Armed Forces are called in to help with forest fires, flooding or missing person searches, it often falls to Home Guard units to support the police and Rescue Services. See also: Uniforms of the Swedish National Home Guard

Source References

1. The Swedish National encyclopedia 2. The Swedish Armed Forces 3. The Swedish National Home Guard Top of page
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Military Hans Högman
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The Swedish National

Home Guard

The National Home Guard (Swedish: Hemvärnet – De nationella skyddsstyrkorna) is a military reserve force of the Swedish Army. As such they are an important unit of the national defense forces. The Home Guard was formally established on May 29, 1940, during World War II. An additional group, called the Lotta Corps  (Women's Voluntary Defense Service), helped with additional tasks that the Home Unit was unable to perform themselves. The personnel in the Home Guard are made up of locally recruited volunteers and consists largely of experienced soldiers and officers with a background in mission-based units. In addition, the Home Guard also includes a large proportion of specialists, for example, paramedics, motorcycle orderlies and dog handlers, that are recruited and trained by voluntary defense organizations. Some units of the National Home Guard located near the coast also have marine companies equipped with Combat Boat 90. The main tasks of the Home Guard are as follows: Guarding/protection of infrastructure that is most vital for Sweden's total defense such as power supplies, command and communication systems, communications and other installations to prevent sabotage. Guarding/protection of important installations such as airfields and naval bases against sabotage. Guarding/protection of ammunition and mobilization depots and sensitive entry points against sabotage. Assistance in incident preparedness, surveillance of territory and in civilian disaster/rescue readiness. The platoon is the normal combat unit. The companies are formed by the platoons, as are the battalions by the companies. The units are spread all over the country and today there are approximately 70 battalions consisting of approx. 300 companies. Every battalion has or will have at least one emergency/alert platoon with very high readiness, good training and efficient equipment. Territorial surveillance, base security, escort duties, transport protection, target identification and artillery spotting are other typical Home Guard duties. Rapid Response units have more combat tasks compared to the rest of the Home Guard. The units of the Home Guard have a response capability that is measured in hours, as opposed to days or weeks. When the Armed Forces are called in to help with forest fires, flooding or missing person searches, it often falls to Home Guard units to support the police and Rescue Services. See also: Uniforms of the Swedish National Home Guard

Source References

1. The Swedish National encyclopedia 2. The Swedish Armed Forces 3. The Swedish National Home Guard Top of page