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3. May 1854

Deler av den bergenske brigade ble sendt til Nord-Norge
De strandebarmske, etneske, ryfylkiske og tysnæsiske kompaniene fra Bergenhussiske Infanteribrigade ble samlet i Bergen for å derfra bli skipet nordover med dampskip til Vardøhus og Tromsø dagen etter. De fire kompaniene var en del av det Søndhordlandske Corps.

Korpset ble sendt nordover for å demme opp for russerne under Krim-krigen som nå raste på andre året. Vestmaktene med Storbritannia og Frankrike begynte å utføre raid inn i det russiskkontrollerte Finland våren 1854, og det var frykt for at konflikten ville spre seg til Norge. Sverige vurderte å invandere Finland i denne perioden, men det ble aldri noe av planene. Norge sendte også to krigsskip, skonnertene Sleipner og Vale, til Nord-Norge. Både skipene og troppene ble sendt hjemover i november 1854.

Hele den bergenske brigaden var oppsatt med kammerladningsgeværer av modellene 1846 og 1849 laget av Crause i Herzberg.

2. May 1877


Krag-Petersson-geværet
En tegning av Krag-Petersson geværet ble formelt approbert av Marine- og Postdepartementet. En eksakt approbasjonsdato er ikke kjent, men det er sannsynlig at Marinen approberte Krag-Petersson-geværet i 1876.

Geværet var Norge første militære repetergevær, og brukte samme ammunisjon som Remington rolling block-geværet.

Krag-Petersson-geværet ble laget i 975 eksemplarer.


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