|This page gives details of the Norwegian army during the Great Northern
War. The army consisted of 8, later 9, infantry regiments, 1 Horse
regiment, 2 Dragoon regiments and assorted militia and garrison units.
The Norwegian army was part of the Danish army, but it had no obligation
to serve outside Norway and maintained it's own organisation. It consisted
of a small number of permenant,"hvervede", units and a larger
number of regionally based "national" units.
There were 8 regiments of infantry in the army and later a 9th
regiment was added. 2 of these regiments were 'hvervede' the others
were 'national'. The two 'hvervede' regiments had 8 musketeer companies
of 100 and 1 grenadier company of 110 men, organised into 2 battalions.
The six original 'national' regiments had 9 companies, except the
Trondhjemske regiment which had 10, of varying size organised into
3 battalions. A further regiment, Trondhjemske, of unknown organisation
of size was raised later on. The following total sizes are recorded.
Gyldenloves - 922 men, Hausmanns - 922 men.
Agershusiske - 1457 men, Smaalenske - 1466 men, Oplandske - 1234
men, Vesterlenske - 1429 men, Bergenhusiske - 1495, Trondhjemske
The Norwegian army had 3 units of cavalry at this time, the Rytterregiment
Sehested a Horse unit, the Folckersam Dragonregiment and the Nordefjeldske
Dragoner. Four of the companies of the Folckersam Dragoons were
'hvervede', all the others were 'national'. The Horse regiment had
8 companies of 71 men, for a regimental total of 574 men. While
the two Dragoon regiments each had 10 companies of 108 men for a
total of 1102 per regiment.