1704 – Campaign in the Low Countries – French OOB Frontier February

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Description

Franco-Spanish troops destined to the frontier on 20 February 1704

Already on 20 February 1704, several units had been put in readiness to be sent to the frontier.

Regiment Place of departure Destination
Sanzay (1 bn) Bapaume Maubeuge
Charost (2 bns) Béthune Vilvorde
Royal-Bombardiers (1 bn) (1 bn) Douai Malines
Royal-Artillerie (1 bn) Douai Malines
Carabiniers (6 sqns) Douai and Cambrai Mons
Surbeck (3 bns) Tournai Ghent
Picardie (3 bns) Valenciennes Louvain
Des Feugerez (1 bn) Le Quesnoy Charleroi
Holstein ??? (2 bns) Louvain and Vilvorde Aarschot
Beringhen (3 sqns) Tournai Ath
Pasteur ??? (3 sqns)   Ath
Quintin (3 sqns) Charleville Givet
Mestre de Camp Général Dragons (3 sqns) Montmédy and Mousson Namur
Spanish Ferrare Dragoons (3 sqns) Namur Lierre
Grignan (3 sqns) Givet Soignies
Royal-Étranger (3 sqns) Ypres Ghent

Franco-Spanish troops destined to march in advanced quarters on 29 February 1704

On 29 February, new instructions were issued for the various units that would take position in advanced quarters. These new instructions also covered the units which had been the subject of the previous instructions issued on 20 February.

Field Army

Summary: 55 bns and 78 sqns

In Tirlemont (9 bns)

  • Spanish Zuñiga (1 bn)
  • Spanish Grobendonck (2 bns)
  • Spanish Grimberghes (1 bn)
  • Picardie (3 bns)
  • II./Bassigny (1 bn)
  • Bretagne (1 bn)

In Jodoigne (1 bn)

  • Villemort (1 bn)

In Hougaerde (2 bns)

In Lubbeck, Kerkum and Bautersem (2 bns)

In Louvain, Léau, Diest and Aarschot (13 bns and 15 sqns)

In Malines and surroundings (6 bns, 13 sqns)

In Vilvorde (1 bn)

  • Charost (1 bn)

In Antwerp (4 bns, 3 sqns)

In Lierre (2 sqns)

In Bruxelles and surroundings (3 bns, 11 sqns)

In Nivelle (2 sqns)

In Hal and Braine (3 sqns)

  • Pasteur ??? (3 sqns)

In Soignies (3 sqns)

  • Grignan Cavalerie (3 sqns)

In Mons (2 sqns)

  • Tarente Cavalerie (2 sqns)

In Charleroi (1 bn, 2 sqns)

In Namur (4 bns, 12 sqns)

In the towns of the country of Li’ge, between the Sambre and the Meuse (3 bns, 7 sqns)

  • unidentified units of the army of Cologne (3 bns, 7 sqns)

Near Namur between the Sambre and the Meuse (6 bns, 3 sqns)

  • Canisy ??? ( 1bn)
  • Cursay ??? (1 bn)
  • Mortemart (2 bns)
  • Pfiffer Suisse (1 bn)
  • Aubigné (1 bn)
  • Maine Cavalerie (3 sqns)

Garrisons

The following troops were instructed to remain in garrisons from Antwerp to Namur.

In Antwerp (6 bns)

  • Spanish Del Valle (1 bn)
  • Spinola ??? (2 bns)
  • Spanish Rupelmonde (1 bn)
  • D’Entragues ??? (1 bn)
  • II./Bretagne (1 bn)

In Lierre (4 bns)

  • Grouff ??? (2 bns)
  • La Luzerne ??? (1 bn)
  • Noailles (1 bn)

In Bruxelles (1 bn)

  • La Force ??? (1 bn)

In Nivelle (1 bn)

  • Vandergracht ??? (1 bn)

In Louvain, Diest, Léau and Aarschot (4 bns)

  • Holstein ??? (2 bns)
  • Spanish II./Capres (1 bn)
  • Caraccioli ??? (1 bn)

In Charleroi (2 bns)

  • Spanish Hamale (1 bn)
  • Tilly ??? (1 bn)

In Namur (4 bns)

  • Spanish Ibañez (1 bn)
  • Spanish Benavides (1 bn)
  • Lannion (1 bn)
  • II./Deynse ??? (1 bn)

References

Pelet and François Eugène de Vault: Mémoires militaires relatifs à la Succession d'Espagne sous Louis XIV, Vol. 5 pp. 678-681