Nerike–Wermelands Regemente (Regt.)
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Nerike-Wermelands Regemente is a non-profit society with special interest in the Nerike-Wermeland Regiment from 1680 to 1721.
Our aim is to portray the life of the Alloted Swedish soldier, in as authentic kit as possible - in camp-life, performing 1710 infantry drill and battle re-enactments.
We do this in corporation with other contemporary societies from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine … among others.
The events take place mostly in the countries mentioned above, often as public events. Societies from the above countries take terms in hosting historic events, re-enactments, by sending invitations. Among the activities are live battle exhibits, field camps, battle drill, and religious field sermons.
Primarily the Society was engaged in historical lectures, research, studying military, local and regimental archives, but ever since 1994, the interest has taken a more active turn into “living history and re-enactment” with the focus being portraying the ordinary soldier in the 18th century.
Another aspect of living history is to recreate contemporary cooking, by trying to find original recipes, utensils and everything connected with the period in question.
The society gladly visits schools and institutions for educational purposes. We aim to give the school-children a very hands on insight into the life at a soldiers settlement in the 17-18th centuries – we call this “the soldier walks out of the museum and makes a time-journey”.
Our society numbers some 20 members of which some 10-15 are active in events, where Karlstad and its surroundings is the base for the society
Our aim is to muster two detachments with 5 musketeers each, one grenadier, a flag-platoon with 4 musketeers, a drummer or two, a captain, an ensign, a staff sergeant, a sergeant. Add to this a 3 pound artillery piece, complete with crew. We also have pikes in case the numbers add up.
All uniforms, equipment and weaponry is either purchased by the members themselves.
In keeping with 18th century traditions, all troopers are encouraged to adopt contemporary soldier names. This can either be a name stemming from ancestors, from home territory that supply a suitable name, or simply a name given on joining the society. One member was so eager to join the society that he was given the name “Ifrig” (meaning eager).
For interested candidates the society can borrow uniforms, until the member either makes his own uniform or purchases it.
If You wish to join us, or in any other way contribute to our society, please do not hesitate to contact us – You are welcome indeed!
Associates:Värmland Archive Centre, in Karlstad.
Nerike Wermelands Regemente is a member of the Association of Military Historical Societes – RSMF (in Sweden)
Chairman - Nerike-Wermelands Regiment
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