1703 – Campaign on the Rhine – French OOB 10 August

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Description

Field Army

Order of battle of the French Army of the Rhine destined to lay siege to Alt-Breisach, 10 August 1703

Commander-in-Chief: Duc de Bougogne assisted by the Maréchal de Tallard

Summary: 50 bns, 59 sqns

Infantry (50 bns)

  • Navarre (3 bns)
  • Du Roi (4 bns)
  • Touraine (2 bns)
  • Royal-Artillerie (1 bn)
  • II./Sourches (1 bn)
  • II./Flandre (1 bn)
  • Nice (1 bn)
  • II./Boulonnais (1 bn)
  • II./Tournaisis (1 bn)
  • La Marche (2 bns)
  • Aulnis (1 bn)
  • Sillery (2 bns)
  • Royal (2 bns)
  • La Couronne (2 bns)
  • Tessé (1 bn)
  • Robecq (2 bns)
  • Montroux (1 bn)
  • Brie (1 bn)
  • II./Auxerrois (1 bn)
  • Courrières (1 bn)
  • Van der Gracht (1 bn)
  • Hainaut (1 bn) Spanish?
  • Orléanais (1 bn)
  • Saint-Segond (2 bns)
  • Lassay (1 bn)
  • Bandeville (1 bn)
  • Santerre (2 bns)
  • Royal-Italien (1 bn)
  • Thouy (1 bn)
  • Greder Allemand (2 bns)
  • Chevalier de Fraulay (1 bn)
  • La Tour-Maubourg (1 bn)
  • II./Ile-de-France (1 bn)
  • Trécesson (1 bn)
  • Grimaldi (1 bn) Spanish
  • Casteja (1 bn)

Cavalry (38 sqns)

  • Gendarmerie de France (8 sqns)
  • Mestre de Camp Général Cavalerie (3 sqns)
  • Cravates Cavalerie (3 sqns)
  • Bourgogne Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Orléans Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Brissac Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Saint-Pouanges Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • La Vallière Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Noailles Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Sheldon-Irlandais Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Auriac Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Gaetano (2 sqns)
  • Croy Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • La Baume Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Vienne Cavalerie (2 sqns)

Dragoons (21 sqns)

  • Colonel Général Dragons (3 sqns)
  • La Reine Dragons (3 sqns)
  • Hautefort Dragons (3 sqns)
  • Vassé Cavalerie (3 sqns)
  • Rohan-Chabot Dragons (3 sqns)
  • Bouville Dragons (3 sqns)
  • Verceil Dragons (3 sqns)

Detachment on the Bruche River

Commander: Maréchal de camp de Sailly

Summary: 6 bns, 12 sqns

Infantry (6 bns)

  • I./Surbeck (1 bn)
  • II./Foix (1 bn)
  • II./Saintonge (1 bn)
  • Gensac (1 bn)
  • Savine (1 bn)
  • Broissia (1 bn)

Cavalry (6 sqns)

  • Chartres (2 sqns)
  • Ligondèz Cavalerie (2 sqns)
  • Tarnault Cavalerie (2 sqns)

Dragoons (6 sqns)

  • Pézeux Dragons (3 sqns)
  • Montmain Dragons (3 sqns)

Garrisons

The following infantry units (41 bns) were assuming garrison duty in various places:

  • in Longwy
    • II./Guyenne (1 bn)
  • in Nancy
    • Laigle (1 bn)
    • Saint-André (1 bn)
    • II./Forez (1 bn)
  • in Metz
    • Roussilles (1 bn)
  • in Thionville
    • II./Labour (1 bn)
    • Rosières (1 bn)
    • II./Surbeck (1 bn)
  • in Trarbach
    • II./Ponthieu (1 bn)
  • in Sarre-Louis (with detachments at Saarbrücken)
    • II./Béarn (1 bn)
    • Chabrillant (1 bn)
    • III./Surbeck (1 bn)
    • I./Montfort (1 bn)
  • in Sarrebourg and Bouquenom
    • II./Montfort (1 bn)
  • in Marsal
    • Murat (1 bn)
  • in Phalsbourg
    • Pujol (1 bn)
    • I./de Grouf (1 bn)
  • in Fort-Louis on the Rhine
    • Luxembourg (2 bns)
    • Guitaud (1 bn)
    • Tavannes (1 bn)
    • II./de Grouf (1 bn)
  • in Strasbourg
    • Varennes (1 bn)
    • Lafons (1 bn)
    • II./Perche (1 bn)
    • Nupces (1 bn)
    • II./Beauce (1 bn)
  • in Sélestat
    • Blacons (1 bn)
  • in Neuf-Brisach
    • Maisonthiers (1 bn)
    • Casteja (1 bn)
  • in Neuburg
    • II./Angoumois (1 bn)
    • II./de Croi (1 bn)
    • Castelet (1 bn)
  • in Béfort
    • Franquières (1 bn)
  • in Huningue
    • Briouze-Chalmazel (1 bn)
    • II./Milan (1 bn)
  • on the Nied near Metz
    • Tilly (1 bn)

Note: the following regiments which were listed among the garrisons belonging to the Army of the Rhine on 6 June are no more listed on 10 August:

    • Lachau-Montauban (1 bn)
    • Carné (1 bn)
    • La Rochetulou-Desprèz (1 bn)

Units on their way

There were still 3 bns on their way to join the Army of Germany:

  • Theseu (1 bn)
  • Rimbaudière (1 bn)
  • Clermont (1 bn)

References

Pelet and François Eugène de Vault: Mémoires militaires relatifs à la Succession d'Espagne sous Louis XIV, Vol. 3 p. 897-899