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Anders Kjellgren
Birth name Lars Anders Thorsten Kjellgren
Born (1913-10-10)10 October 1913
Died 2006
Place of birth Karlstad, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Service/branch Swedish Army
Years of service 1934–1974
Rank Colonel
Commands held Battalion X K in Congo
UN chief for South Katanga
Västernorrland Regiment
Battles/wars Congo Crisis

Lars Anders Thorsten Kjellgren (19 October 1913 – 2006) was a Swedish Army officer.


Kjellgren was born in Karlstad, Sweden and was the son of Swedish National Bank director Torsten Kjellgren and Elsa (née Sandwall). He was an officer cadet at Uppland Regiment (I 8)[1] and became a second lieutenant at Älvsborg Regiment (I 15) in 1934 and lieutenant in 1936.[2] Kjellgren attended the Royal Swedish Army Staff College from 1941 to 1943, was promoted to captain in 1942 and served at the General Staff in 1945. Kjellgren was section chief at the Defence Staff from 1945 to 1948, section chief at the Army Staff in 1948 and attended Staff College, Camberley in 1949.[2]

He served at Life Regiment Grenadiers (I 3) in 1950 and was section chief at the Army Staff from 1950 to 1951 and became major at the General Staff in 1952 and attended the Swedish National Defence College in 1952. Kjellgren was head of department at the Army Staff from 1952 to 1958 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1957. He served at Norrbotten Regiment (I 19) in 1958.[2]

Kjellgren served in Congo during the Congo Crisis from 1960 to 1961.[2] He was commander of the Swedish Battalion X K from November 1960 to June 1961.[3] In January 1961 he succeeded the Irish Colonel Byrnes as commander of the UN troops in southern Katanga.[4] He then commanded the Swedish battalion, one Irish and two Moroccan battalions, an Indian signals company and an Italian field hospital.[1] Kjellgren was also for some time at the UN's disposal for the reorganization of the Congolese Army.[1]

Back in Sweden he was promoted to colonel in 1963 and was regimental commander of Västernorrland Regiment (I 21) from 1963 to 1974.[5] Kjellgren participated in the elaboration of the Army Regulation in 1951 and the Infantry Regulation in 1954.[2] Kjellgren was a member of the municipal council in Borås from 1979 to 1985.[5]

Personal life

In 1939 he married Ann-Marie Fröberg (born 1915), the daughter of the district land-surveyor Herman Fröberg and Hilda (née Resare). Kjellgren was the father of Anders (born 1940), Göran (born 1943) and Claes (born 1947).[2]

Kjellgren was a supporter of equestrianism. Another of his interests was painting. Upon his retirement, he donated, as per tradition, his portrait to the officer corps. The portrait had been painted by himself, which are known not to have happened before.[1]

Awards and decorations

Kjellgren' awards:[2]


  • Kjellgren, Anders (1959) (in Swedish). Sverige och ytkriget: randstatens försvarsproblem i atomåldern. Militärlitteraturföreningen, 99-0119708-2 ; 226. Karlskrona: [Militärlitteraturfören.]. 1460956. 


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sjöberg, Bengt; Rönnberg, Lennart (1 March 2006). "Överste Anders Kjellgren har avlidit" (in Swedish). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Davidsson, Åke, ed (1968) (in Swedish). Vem är vem?. 5, Norrland : supplement, register (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 215. 
  3. Tullberg, Andreas (2012). "We are in the Congo now": Sweden and the trinity of peacekeeping during the Congo crisis 1960-1964. [Studia historica Lundensia], 1650-755X. Lund: Lund University. p. 92. ISBN 978-91-7473-364-8. 13520443. 
  4. "Svensk chef för FN-styrkor i södra Katanga" (in Swedish). San Francisco & Oakland, Cal. 19 January 1961. p. 3. 4085814. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds (1992) (in Swedish). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993. Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 593. ISBN 91-1-914072-X. 

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