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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2021 3:16 p.m. PST

"Oldest Regiment in the World – still in service

Sweden have managed to avoid war since the last conflict they were involved in – The Napoleonic Wars between 1802-1815, but before that period in history it used to be one of the most belligerent nations in Europe.

At the height of it's power, around year 1658, the Swedish Empire completely dominated the Baltic Sea, by holding territories in Northern Germany, Poland, Latvia and Estonia, territories in western Russia and Finland, thus creating a virtual "Mare Nostrum" of the Baltic Sea. At this time, Russia didn't even have access to the Baltic Sea. Sweden was a major power in Europe, comparable to those of France, Great Britain, Spain et al.

In the thick of the many battles stood always the King's own elite regiment – The Royal Swedish Life Guards. This regiment dates it's origins back to the year of our Lord – 1521 – when a bodyguard was set up for the then King Gustav Eriksson, more commonly known as Gustav Vasa. 16 steady men from Dalecarlia were entrusted with the life of the King. Thus the regiment is the world's oldest, still serving, military unit…"
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custosarmorum Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2021 7:20 p.m. PST

Umm, the Papal Swiss Guard date to 1506 and are still in service so they are 15 years older…

oldjarhead07 Aug 2021 6:52 a.m. PST

The Yeomen of the Guard in UK were established as Henry VII's bodyguard in 1485 after the Battle of Bosworth, older than both of the above.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 2:40 p.m. PST



oldjarhead08 Aug 2021 1:10 p.m. PST

I forgot about the Royal Scots, in service from 1633

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