Regimiento Real de Artilleria de Espana

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Origin and History

The first regiment of artillery, the “Regimiento Real de Artilleria de Espana”, was created according to an ordonnance issued on 2 May 1710. This unit would later become the “Real Cuerpo de Artilleria”.

The decree organised the regiment in 3 battalions of 12 companies each (8 fusilier companies, 3 artillerymen companies and 1 miner company.

The artillerymen companies consisted of gunners, “bombardiers” and workers serving and maintaining cannon and mortars.

Miners were primarily used for mining but could also reinforce the artillerymen if it became necessary.

Fusiliers were charged to guard the artillery train and artillery positions and to assist when moving the pieces.

Service during the War

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Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article