Jalkaväkirykmentti 61 (Infantry Regiment 61) was made up of Swedish-speaking Finns.

About 30 Swedish volunteers served in this regiment.

Note. This unit history covers the Continuation War unit with this name, there was no continuity between similarly numbered regiments during in the Winter War and Continuation War.

Commanders

everstiluutnantti Martin Berg (?? June 1941 - 22 Sep 1941)
everstiluutnantti Nils Roos (22 Sep 1941 - 30 Oct 1942)
everstiluutnantti Alpo Marttinen (30 Oct 1942 - 7 Oct 1944) (1)

Footnotes

1. Promoted to eversti on 23 June 1944.

In fiction

The 2004 Finnish-Swedish movie "Framom främsta linjen" ("Etulinjan edessä" in Finnish) directed by Åke Lindman was based on the diaries kept by members of this unit. It was the first Swedish language war movie made in Finland.

Sources used

Mikko Kohvakka - Jatkosodan suomalaisjoukot ja niiden komentajat
Nicolas von Schmidt-Laussitz - Svenskarna vid Jandeba: Svenska frivilligkompaniet 1942-1944

Reference material on this unit

- None known at this time -

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