1703 – Campaign in the Low Countries – Franco-Spanish OOB May

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Order of battle of the Franco-Spanish Army in the Low Countries on 4 May 1703

Garrisons

Summary: 41 bns and 12 sqns excluding the garrisons of Diest, Léau, Namur, Limbourg, Geldern, Bonn and Luxembourg

Garrison troops between Nieuport and Ostende up to Lierre (11 bns)

  • in Nieuport
    • Spanish La Neuville (1 bn)
    • Lannoy (1 bn)
  • in Ostende
    • Idiaquez (1 bn)
    • II. Condé (1 bn)
    • Souillac-Châtillon (1 bn)
  • in Damm
    • Spanish Sars (1 bn)
    • Laval (1 bn)
  • in Bruges
    • Spanish Potteghem (1 bn)
    • Carlux (1 bn)
  • in Ghent and Fort-Rouge
    • Spanish Ibañez (1 bn)
    • Spanish Marschal (1 bn)
    • Compagnie Franche de Meslard (1 coy)

Troops posted in front of the Ostend-Bruges Canal and the Bruges-Ghent Canal (9 bns, 5 sqns)

  • Courten Suisse (3 bns)
  • II./Médoc (1 bn)
  • II./Tessé (1 bn)
  • Spanish Spinola (2 bns)
  • Fonbeausard Cavalerie (2 sqns) also reported as being part of the field army
  • Flavacourt Dragons (3 sqns)
  • Spanish Westerloo (2 bns) in Termonde

Troops in Waasland (15 bns, 3 sqns)

  • Du Maine (2 bns)
  • Spanish La Faille (2 bns) also reported as being part of the field army
  • II./d'Aunis (1 bn)
  • Spanish Rhingrave (1 bn)
  • Cano Cavalry (2 sqns)
  • Pignatelli Dragons (1 sqn)
  • in Antwerp
    • Spanish Del Valle (1 bn)
    • Spanish Ruppelmonde (1 bn)
    • La Grise (1 bn)
    • Castellas Suisse (3 bns)
  • in Sandvliet
    • II./Miromesnil (1 bn)
  • in Lierre
    • Spanish II./Deynse (1 bn)
    • Desmaretz (1 bn)

Troops encamped between Antwerp and Lierre (6 bns, 4 sqns)

  • Spanish I./Deynse (1 bn)
  • Spanish I./Capres (1 bn)
  • Spanish Fusiliers of Artillery (1 bn)
  • Spanish Grimberghes (1 bn)
  • Royal-Roussillon (2 bns)
  • Spanish Garde Wallons des Chevaux bais (1 sqn)
  • Pastur Dragons (3 sqns)

Tserclaes' Corps

Summary: 6 bns and 11 sqns under the command of the Prince Tserclaes de Tilly

  • Infantry (6 bns)
    • Cologne Gardes (2 bns)
    • Saint-Sulpice (1 bn)
    • Blaisois (1 bn)
    • III./Picardie (1 bn)
    • Des Feugerez (1 bn)
  • Cavalry (11 sqns)
    • Cologne Garde du Corps (1 sqn)
    • Cologne de Bellestin (2 sqns)
    • Saumery (2 sqns)
    • Cologne Garde à cheval (2 sqns)
    • Cologne Gardes-Dragons (2 sqns)
    • Cologne Chassonville Dragons (2 sqns)

Field Army

Commander-in-Chief: Maréchal de Villeroy and [[Maréchal de Boufflers

Senior officers:

  • on the cavalry right wing
    • First line
      • Lieutenant-General de Gassion
      • Lieutenant-General de Busca
      • Maréchal de camp de Mornay
      • Maréchal de camp de Rosel
      • Maréchal de camp de d'Estrades
    • Second line
      • Lieutenant-General de Bay
      • Lieutenant-General de Villeroy
      • Lieutenant-General de Berwick
      • Maréchal de camp de Birkenfeld
      • Maréchal de camp d'Hornes
      • Maréchal de camp de Rohan
  • in the infantry centre
    • First line
      • an unidentified lieutenant-general
      • Lieutenant-General de la Chatre
      • an unidentified maréchal de camp
    • Second line
      • Lieutenant-General de Fenold
      • Lieutenant-General de Luxembourg
      • Maréchal de camp de Biron
      • Maréchal de camp de Guiche
  • on the cavalry left wing
    • First line
      • Lieutenant-General de Gacé
      • Lieutenant-General de Pracontal
      • Lieutenant-General d'Antin
      • Maréchal de camp de Souternon
      • Maréchal de camp de Montfort
      • Maréchal de camp d'Épinay
    • Second line
      • Lieutenant-General de Roquelaure
      • Lieutenant-General de Liancourt
      • Maréchal de camp de la Feuillade
      • Maréchal de camp de Mandercheid

Summary: 56 bns, 101 sqns

First Line Second Line
Right Cavalry Wing
De Richebourg's Brigade (9 sqns)
  • Spanish Richebourg Dragoons (3 sqns)
  • Du Roi Dragons (3 sqns) or Royal Dragons
  • Spanish Ferrare Dragoons (3 sqns)

Vilaine's Brigade (13 sqns)

  • Gendarmes du Roi (1 sqn)
  • Chevau-légers du Roi (1 sqn)
  • Mousquetaires du Roi (2 sqns)
  • Grenadiers à Cheval (1 sqn)
  • Gendarmerie (8 sqns)

Grignan's Brigade (9 sqns)

  • Du Maine (2 sqns)
  • Beringhen (2 sqns)
  • Grignan (2 sqns)
  • Royal-Allemand (3 sqns)
Grigny's Brigade (7 sqns)
  • Du Roi (3 sqns)
  • Fonbeausard (2 sqns)
  • Spanish Grigny (2 sqns)

Fiennes's Brigade (6 sqns)

  • Los Rios (2 sqns)
  • Fiennes (2 sqns)
  • Parabère (2 sqn)

Fraulas Brigade (4 sqns)

  • Spanish Fraula (2 sqns)
  • Montrevel (2 sqns)

Egmont's Brigade (6 sqns)

  • Egmont (2 sqns)
  • Meuse (2 sqns)
  • Spanish Glime (2 sqns) former Fourneaux
Infantry Centre
Stekenberg's Brigade (6 bns)
  • Spanish Grobendonck (2 bns)
  • Alsace (4 bns)

d'Avejan's Brigade (7 bns)

  • Gardes Françaises (4 bns)
  • Gardes Suisses (3 bns)

unidentified brigade (6 bns)

  • Saint-Sulpice (2 bns)
  • II./Bassigny (1 bn)
  • unidentified regiment (3 bns)

unidentified brigade (7 bns)

  • unidentified regiment (4 bns)
  • II./Agenais (1 bn)
  • Picardie (2 bns)
Zurlauben's Brigade (7 bns)
  • III./Royal (1 bn)
  • Zurlauben (2 bns)
  • II./Quercy (1 bn)
  • II./Cambresis (1 bn)
  • Spanish La Faille (2 bns)

unidentified brigades (14 bns)

  • unidentified regiment (14 bns)

Sparre's Brigade (7 bns)

  • Sparre (2 bns)
  • II./Brie (1 bn)
  • II./Bigorre (1 bn)
  • II./Beauvoisis (1 bn)
  • Gondrin (2 bns)
Left Cavalry Wing
De Talmont's Brigade (8 sqns)
  • Berry (2 sqns)
  • Lydekerk (2 sqns)
  • Tarente (2 sqns)
  • Talmont (2 sqns)

D'Évreux's Brigade (6 sqns)

  • Quintin (2 sqns)
  • Duras (2 sqns)
  • Toulouse ( 2 sqns)

De Benigtes's Brigade (6 sqns)

  • Carabiniers (6 sqns)

Dom's Brigade (2 sqns)

  • Spanish Garde Wallons des Chevaux gris (1 sqn)
  • Spanish Garde Wallons des Chevaux noirs (1 sqn)

Valensart's Brigade (6 sqns)

  • Spanish Valensart (3 sqns)
  • Mestre de Camp Général Dragons (3 sqns)
Rosen's Brigade (6 sqns)
  • Spanish Toulongeon (2 sqns)
  • Spanish Chimay (2 sqns)
  • Rosen (2 sqns)

De Bar's Brigade (6 sqns)

  • Spanish Cécile (2 sqns)
  • Pelleport (2 sqns)
  • Bar (2 sqns)

Furstemberg's Brigade (7 sqns)

  • Furstemberg (2 sqns)
  • Spanish Louvignies (2 sqns)
  • Royal-Étranger (3 sqns)

Artillery

  • Royal-Artillerie (1 bn)
  • Bombardiers (1 bn)

The 21 unidentified battalions belonging to the field army were among the 29 battalions listed hereafter who were initially cantoned in Brabant, between Diest, Louvain, Lierre and Namur and were destined to the field army:

  • II./Bretagne (1 bn)
  • Brandelet (3 bns)
  • Hessy Suisse (3 bns)
  • Greder Suisse (3 bns)
  • Spanish Amezaga (1 bn)
  • Boulonnais (1 bn)
  • II./Lorraine (1 bn)
  • Furstemberg (2 bns)
  • Mortemart (2 bns)
  • Spanish Benavidès (1 bn)
  • Languedoc (2 bns)
  • Meyer Suisse (2 bns)
  • I./Charolais (1 bn)
  • Orléans (2 bns)
  • Spanish Caraccioli (1 bn)
  • Villars Suisse (3 bns)

References

Pelet and François Eugène de Vault: Mémoires militaires relatifs à la Succession d'Espagne sous Louis XIV, Vol. 3 pp. 742-748