Tidsskriftet Kulturstudier
Tidsskriftet Kulturstudier

Tidsskriftet

Artiklen undersøger, hvordan en soldat fra 1864 spiller en rolle i nutidig dansk militær kontekst. Den konkrete case omhandler 1. kampvognseskadron ved Jydske Dragonregiment og dennes brug af helten fra 1864, Niels Kjeldsen. Artiklen undersøger gennem analyse af materiel praksis, interviews og offentlige taler, hvordan helten konstrueres af eskadronens ledelse.

English summary

1864 – a usable past in a Danish squadron

The article sheds light on the use of history in a Danish dragoon squadron. Raising the question how and why a soldier, Niels Kjeldsen, from the Second Schleswig War (1864) is used in a present time Danish dragoon squadron – the answer points to processes of heroization within the squadron. Analysis shows that the squadron leaders construct Niels Kjeldsen as a heroic symbol and use him to inspire and discipline the soldiers in the squadron. The conclusions are based on analysis of visual representations, interviews and public speeches.