Blaisois Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on 4 October 1692 with one battalion of Picardie Infanterie. It took the name of the Province of Blésois and was given to Henri-Louis de la Tour-d’Auvergne, Comte d’Evreux.

In 1693, during the Nine Years' War (1688-97), the regiment was allocated to the Army of Flanders and took part in the siege of Huy, the Battle of Landen, and the siege of Charleroi. In 1695, it was transferred to the Army of the Rhine. In 1696 and 1697, it served with the Army of the Meuse.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment was commanded by:

  • from 4 October 1692: Henri-Louis de la Tour-d’Auvergne, Comte d’Evreux
  • from 29 December 1703 to 1714: Jean-Nicolas de Ferrières, Marquis de Sauveboeuf

On 10 February 1749, the regiment was disbanded. Its grenadiers were incorporated in the Grenadiers the France and its other companies in Guyenne Infanterie.

Service during the War

In 1701, the regiment was allocated to the Army of Flanders.

In 1702, the regiment was present at the affair of Nijmegen.

On 30 June 1703, the regiment took part in the Battle of Ekeren.

In 1704, the regiment was transferred to Spain where it took part in the Campaign in Portugal.

In 1705, the regiment served at the unsuccessful siege of Gibraltar.

In 1706, the regiment took part in the sieges of Barcelona and Carthagena.

On 25 April 1707, the regiment was at the Battle of Almansa. It then took part in the ssiege of Lérida.

In 1708, the regiment took part in the siege of Tortosa

In 1709, the regiment distinguished itself at the defence of Tortosa.

In 1710, the regiment was transferred to the Rhine.

In 1711 and 1712, the regiment served with the Army of Dauphiné.

In 1713 and 1714, the regiment took part in the blockade of Barcelona where its colonel was killed.

Uniform

Grey-white uniform with red cuffs, tin buttons, and a black tricorne laced silver.

Colours

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References

The article incorporates texts from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Susane, Louis: Histoire de l'ancienne infanterie française, J. Corréard, Paris, 1849-1856, Tome 8, pp. 267-268