Dedem Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on 19 January 1689 for Conrad Willem van Dedem.

By 1699, the regiment garrisoned Utrecht.

On the eve of the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment consisted of one battalion and belonged to the Provinces of Utrecht.

Since its creation, the successive colonels of the regiment were:

  • from 19 January 1689 to 10 February1714: Conrad Willem van Dedem Heer tot den Gelder (promoted to lieutenant-general in 1704)

In 1704, when Dedem was promoted lieutenant-general, he retained the colonelcy of the regiment, but effective command was assumed by Frederik Joachim van Renssen, who would become colonel of the regiment on 10 February 1714.

In 1795, the regiment was incorporated into the 7th Halvebrigade, 1st Bataljon.

Service during the War

From April to June 1702, the regiment took part in the siege and capture of Kaiserswerth. By 7 July, it was with the main Allied army in a camp near Nijmegen. In September, it participated in the successful defence of Hulst, but was taken prisoners while defending an outwork. At the end of the campaign, the regiment took its winter-quarters in Graves.

In April and May 1703, the regiment took part in the Siege of Bonn. It then campaigned in Flanders. It took its winter-quarters in Liège.

During the campaign of 1704, the regiment was posted on the Meuse.

At the end of 1705, the regiment took up its winter-quarters in Maaseik.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment fought in the Battle of Ramillies. In July and August, it took part in the siege and capture of Menin.

In 1707, the regiment campaigned in Flanders.

On 11 July 1708, the regiment took part in the Battle of Oudenarde. On 28 September, the regiment was supposedly at the Engagement of Wijnendale, but we found no trace of this unit in the order of battle.

In April and May 1710, the regiment took part in the siege and capture of Douai.

Uniform

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Colours

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References

Belaubre, Jean and Dr. de Wilde, Claus-Peter Golberg: Die Vereinigten Niederlande, Kaltenkirchen, 2001, p. 28

Tessin, Georg: Die Regimenter der europäischen Staaten im Ancién Regime des XVI. bis XVIII. Jahrhunderts. Teil 1. Die Stammlisten, Osnabrück 1986., p. 564

N.B.: the section Service during the War is partly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.

Acknowledgement

Phil Carrington for his work on the lineage of Dutch regiments

Mathias Kussmann for the initial version of the article