Torsten Friis

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Torsten Friis (born August 1, 1882 in Malmö , † April 21, 1967 in Stockholm ) was a Swedish lieutenant general . He was involved in building the Swedish Air Force and was heavily involved in creating a domestic aviation industry.


Friis graduated from high school in 1900 and joined the artillery force in 1902, and in 1908 he graduated from the engineering college. Friis was promoted to captain in 1913 and worked intermittently with the Austro-Hungarian army in 1916 . Then he was a teacher at the War Academy from 1918 to 1919, then at the Artillery and Engineering School from 1919 to 1921. From 1920 to 1922 he was adjutant to the Crown Prince.

Friis was then Head of Department in the General Staff from 1922 to 1927, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and in the early 1930s switched to the Air Force, which was newly founded in 1926, where he became Major General in 1934 and was the third Commander-in-Chief until 1942. Then he went to the reserve.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Rune Kjellander: Svenska Flygvapnets högre chefer 1925–2005 . Ödeshög, Värmdö 2013, ISBN 978-91-637-1183-1 .