The Polmans were a successful military family, rising through the ranks of the Kronoberg Regiment. They served the Crown in a number of battles, leading to their entrance into Swedish nobility in 1650. Explore their bravery in battle in this immersive exhibit, including the capture of Carl Gustaf Påhlman and his banishment to Siberia.
For the soldiers, much was at stake. A minute or two longer under fire could have disastrous consequences. The risk of being hit and being either killed or maimed increased the longer the enemy took . . . The fire of the Saxons caused a great loss of young and able officers in the regiment, among them a large number of lieutenants and second lieutenants: Bengt Bock and Carl Fleetwood—the latter only twenty years old—were killed; Nils Lindman and Sveckert Trolle were mortally wounded; Johan Joakim Faltzburg was wounded through the neck and Carl Gustaf Påhlman had been hit by “two fatal shots” from which he later recovered.Excerpt from the book Fraustadt: 1706 by Oskar Sjöström (2008)
Early in the spring of 1790 (at the end of April), Gustaf III made another incursion into Russian territory from Jala, which led to the battle at Walkiala on April 29. Kronoberg’s regiment participated in the same with great distinction. During the attack on the height where the enemy had taken up a firm position, the Swedish battalions were forced, due to the nature of the terrain, to approach in a narrow column. First Kronoberg’s battalion under Lt. Påhlman had the lead and had to endure the enemy’s worst fire, while the others advanced to the right and left of the same. Lt. Col. Påhlman was wounded, but Gen.-Major Pauli put himself at the head of the battalion and led it to attack. The second Kronoberg battalion was also among the 5 battalions that stormed the enemy height and thereby decided the battle.Excerpt from the book Notes relating to the history of Swedish regiments by Julius Mankell (1866)