Tessé Infanterie

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Origin and History

The regiment was created on 28 May 1689 by René de Froulay, Comte de Tessé and took the name of its colonel.

In 1689 and 1690, during the Nine Years' War (1688-97), the regiment served on the Rhine. In 1691, it took part in the conquest of Savoie and of Nice. In 1692, it campaigned in Béarn. In 1693, it took part in the defence of Pinerolo. In 1695, it was transferred to the Army of Flanders and was at the siege of Deynse. In 1696 and 1697, it campaigned on the Meuse.

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

  • from 1 September 1699: René Mans de Froulay, Marquis de Tessé (son of the former colonel)
  • from 17 October 1703 to 24 September 1716: Lancelot de Turpin, Comte de Sanzay

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

Service during the War

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

In 1702, the regiment was at the combat of Nijmegen.

In 1703, the regiment was posted on the Rhine and took part in the defence of Bonn. In August and September 1703, it was at the Siege of Alt-Breisach. In October and November, it took part in the siege of Landau.

In 1704, the regiment was transferred to Italy and took part in the capture of Susa and Aosta, and, from October, in the siege of Verrua.

On 16 August 1705, the regiment took part in the Battle of Cassano.

In April 1706, the regiment took part in the unsuccessful siege of Turin and in the disastrous Battle of Turin.

In 1707, the regiment took part in the defence of Toulon.

From 1708 to 1712, the regiment was allocated to the Army of Dauphiné.

In 1713, the regiment was transferred to Spain where it took part in the relief of Girona.

In 1714, the regiment took part in the siege of Barcelona.

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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. 257-258