Noailles Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was created on 1 October 1691 by Anne-Luc, Duc de Noailles with the Massas Battalion of Normandie Infanterie. The new regiment took the name of its colonel.

In 1693, during the Nine Years' War (1688-97), the regiment served in Roussillon and was at the siege of Roses. In 1694, it took part in the Battle of Torroella, and in the capture of Girona, Palamos, Ostalrich and Castelfollit. In 1696, the regiment was attached to the Army of Italy and participated in the siege of Valenza. In 1697, it was transferred to the Meuse.

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

  • from 1 October 1691: Anne-Luc, Duc de Noailles
  • from 1704: N. de Beaufermés (killed in action at Blenheim)
  • from 1704: Beaufermés (brother of the previous colonel)
  • from 1 December 1708 to 1 February 1719: Joseph Perrin de Brichambaut

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

Service during the War

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

In February and March 1703, the regiment took part in the Siege of Kehl. It then campaigned in Bavaria.

On 13 August 1704, the regiment took part in the disastrous Battle of Blenheim and in the defence of Landau where its colonel was killed.

In 1705, the regiment was allocated to the Army of the Rhine.

In 1706, the regiment was transferred from the Army of the Rhine to the Army of Flanders.

In 1707, the regiment continued to serve in Flanders.

In 1708, the regiment returned to the Rhine.

In 1709, the regiment was once again allocated to the Army of Flanders. On 11 September, it took part in the Battle of Malplaquet.

In 1711, the regiment was at the Combat of Arleux.

On 24 July 1712, the regiment fought in the Battle of Denain. It then participated in the Siege of Douai and in the recapture of Le Quesnoy and Bouchain.

In 1713, the regiment took part in the siege and recapture of Landau and in the siege of Freiburg.


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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. 265-266