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Tage Olihn
Birth name David Tage Olihn
Born (1908-11-05)5 November 1908
Died 16 April 1996(1996-04-16) (aged 87)
Place of birth Ronneby, Sweden
Place of death Söndrum, Sweden
Allegiance Sweden
Finland (1940)
Abyssinia (1946–49, 1956–59)
Service/branch Swedish Army
Years of service 1930–1973
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Halland Regiment
Swedish Armoured Troops
I Military Area
Milo NN
Battles/wars Winter War

Lieutenant General David Tage Olihn (5 November 1908 – 16 April 1996) was a senior officer of the Swedish Army. Olihn's senior commands include Inspector of the Swedish Armoured Troops and military commander of the I Military Area and of the Lower Norrland Military Area (Milo NN). Olihn also served in Finland during the Winter War in 1940 and in Abyssinia two times, from 1946 to 1949, and from 1956 to 1959.


Olihn was born in Ronneby, Sweden, the son of Nils Olihn, a teacher, and his wife Elna (née Svensson).[1] He was educated at the Artillery and Engineering College in 1930 and was the same year commissioned as an officer in Halland Regiment (I 16) with the rank of fänrik. Olihn attended the Royal Swedish Army Staff College from 1938 to 1940.[2] He then served in the Swedish Volunteer Corps in Finland during the Winter War in 1940. Olihn became captain of the General Staff Corps in 1943. In 1946, a cadet school was established in the Ethiopian Imperial Guard, commanded by Olihn.[3] The army group, "Group Olihn" trained officers in the Imperial Guard until 1948 when it was replaced by "Group Nilsson", commanded by lieutenant colonel Rickard Nilsson.[4] Back in Sweden in 1948, he was promoted to major in the Svea Life Guards (I 1). Olihn became major of the General Staff Corps in 1950 and served as head of the Education Department in the Army Staff from 1950 to 1953. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1952 and attended the Swedish National Defence College in 1953.[1]

Olihn was appointed military attaché in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa in 1954 and was promoted to colonel in 1955. He then served as a military adviser in Abyssinia from 1956 to 1959.[1] There he commanded a group of 12 Swedish General Staff Corps officers who served as military advisors training Ethiopian staff officers.[5] Back in Sweden, he was appointed regimental commander of Halland Regiment in 1959. After a year, Olihn was appointed Inspector of the Swedish Armoured Troops.[1] In 1963, he was promoted to major general and appointed military commander of the I Military Area. Three years later, he was appointed to military commander of the Lower Norrland Military Area (Milo NN).[6] Olihn served in this position until 1973 when he was promoted to lieutenant general and retired from the military.[7]

Olihn was a member of the Swedish-Ethiopian Association, succeeding Carl Gustaf von Rosen as chairman in 1960.[8] He was also an honorary member of the Friends of the Halland Regiment Association (Hallands regementes kamratförening).[9]

Personal life

In 1940 he married Charlotte Ankarcrona (1918–1999), the daughter of major Sten Ankarcrona and Ellen Kjellberg. They had three children: Nils (born 1941), Ulla (born 1943) and Ann-Charlotte (born 1955).[1]

Olihn died on 16 April 1996 in Söndrum parish in Halland County.[10]

Dates of rank

Awards and decorations


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Harnesk, Paul, ed (1962) (in Swedish). Vem är vem? 1, Stor-Stockholm (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 1011. 53509. 
  2. Burling, Ingeborg, ed (1962) (in Swedish). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1963. Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 830. 9649168. 
  3. Gyllenhaal, Lars; Westberg, Lennart (2015) (in sv). Svenskar i krig 1945-2015. Lund: Historiska media. ISBN 9789175450834. 17853087. 
  4. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Svenska arméofficersgruppen i Etiopien (1935 – 1964)" (in Swedish). National Archives of Sweden. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  5. "Tolv svenska generalstabsofficerare" (in sv). San Francisco & Oakland, Cal. 26 April 1956. p. 1. 4085814. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Davidsson, Åke, ed (1968) (in Swedish). Vem är vem?. 5, Norrland : supplement, register (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Vem är vem. p. 314. 53513. 
  7. Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds (1994) (in Swedish). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1995. Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 852. ISBN 91-1-943202-X. 8261514. 
  8. Nylander, Ingegerd (2010). "Tenaestelin fyller 50 år" (in sv). Stockholm: Svensk-etiopiska föreningen. p. 24. 4109608. 
  9. (in sv) ÅRSSKRIFT 1996. 65. Vänersborg: Vänersborgs söners gille. 1996. p. 21. 4110281. 
  10. (in sv) Sveriges dödbok 1947-2003 (Version 3.0 ed.). Sundbyberg: Sveriges släktforskarförbund. 2005. 9854744. 
  11. Kungl. Hovstaterna: Kungl. Maj:ts Ordens arkiv, Matriklar (D 1), vol. 14 (1970–1979), p. 21, digital imageing.
  12. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"D. Tage Olihn". 25 May 1956. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Arne Mohlin
Halland Regiment
Succeeded by
Nils Juhlin
Preceded by
Malcolm Murray
Swedish Armoured Troops
Succeeded by
Per-Hjalmar Bauer
Preceded by
Curt Göransson
I Military Area
Succeeded by
Stig Norén
Preceded by
Malcolm Murray
Lower Norrland Military Area
Succeeded by
Per Rudberg

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