La Motte Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on 25 July 1702 by Eléonor-Clément de Guillaud, Comte de La Motte.

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

  • from 25 July 1702: Eléonor-Clément de Guillaud, Comte de La Motte (killed in action at the Battle of Malplaquet on 11 September 1709)
  • from 10 December 1709: Louis de Montesquiou, Chevalier d’Artaignan

The regiment was disbanded on 29 October 1714.

Service during the War

In 1702, the regiment served with the Army of Germany.

In 1703, the regiment joined the Army of Bavaria and contributed to the capture of Ulm and Augsburg.

On 13 August 1704, the regiment took part in the disastrous |Battle of Blenheim.

In 1705, the regiment served in Flanders.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment was supposedly present at the Battle of Ramillies. However, we found no mention of it in the order of battle. It later took part in the defence of Ostend.

On 11 July 1708, the regiment took part in the Battle of Oudenarde.

On 11 September 1709, the regiment took part in the Battle of Malplaquet, where its colonel was killed in action.

In July and August 1710, the regiment took part in the defence of Béthune, which surrendered on 29 August.

In August and September 1711, the regiment took part in the defence of Bouchain, which capitulated on 12 September.

In 1712, the regiment took part in the defence of Landrecies. In August and September, it was at the recapture of Douai. In October, it participated in the recapture of Bouchain.

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References

This 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. 303-304