Saint-Pol Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1675 by Prince Carl Alexander of Modena.

In 1679, the regiment campaigned on the Elbe to force the Danes to lift the siege of Hamburg.

In 1688, at the outbreak of the Nine Years' War (1688–97), the regiment formed part of the Hanoverian contingent sent on the Rhine by Duke Ernst August. The regiment was soon recalled because of troubles between Denmark and Holstein-Gottorp. In 1689, it marched to the Elbe. In June, after the Treaty of Altona, it was sent back to the Rhine where it took part in the capture of Mainz. In 1690, it campaigned in the Netherlands.

In 1692, the regiment formed part of the corps of 5,000 Hanoverians sent to Hungary to fight the Turks. In 1693, it took part in the siege of Belgrade. In 1696, it fought in the Battle of Ulaş; in 1697, in the Battle of Zenta.

In 1700, the regiment was sent to Holstein to drive the Danes out.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regimental Chefs were:

  • from 1688 to 1706: Colonel de Saint-Pol (died in 1706 as major-general from wounds received at the Battle of Ramillies)
  • from 1706: Colonel Starke (died in 1708)
  • from 1708 to 1719: Colonel de Lueur (retired in 1719)

Service during the War

In 1702, the regiment went to the Netherlands where it took part in the capture of Venlo and Roermond.

In 1703, the regiment campaigned with the Allied army.

From May 1704, the regiment took part in Marlborough's march to the Danube. On July 2, it was at the Battle of the Schellenberg. On 13 August, it fought in the victorious Battle of Blenheim. It then returned to the Netherlands.

On 23 May 1706, the regiment fought in the Battle of Ramillies. It later took part in the siege and capture of Ath.

In 1708, the regiment was sent to the Rhine where it campaigned till the end of the war.


Red coat lined citrus yellow; citrus yellow cuffs, lapels; citrus yellow waistcoat.


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