21eme Regiment de Ligne
   
 
  Address by the Commanding Officer

The 21eme Regiment de Ligne

by

Christopher Perko (Colonel Lamot)


This recreated historical re-enactment unit was formed in 1979 by a few English enthusiasts from the north of England and the Midlands. The reason for choosing 21ème, was because this regiment took part in all the important actions in the Napoleonic epoch and was ALWAYS there!

The re-enacted regiment and its ideology evolved and changed throughout its recreated existence particularly taking it’s final direction after establishing contacts and achieving recognition from our contemporary 21 Régiment de l'Infanterie (R.I.) in Canjuers, thus establishing the firm links between it’s Napoleonic past and it’s contemporary present.


The Regimental contemporary link is made even stronger with the link with the Association Vaubécourt-Guyenne (V.G.), an association of all the 21ème veterans from WW1 (the last surviving stretcher bearer died about 5 years ago), WW2 and the Algerian war. Regimental god mother is Madam the Contess Vaubécourt, a descendant of the original regimental founder in 1589.

Thus we have an interesting phenomenon: a volunteer re-enactment regiment with members stretching from Canada, the US (www.brigade-napoleon.org/infantrie/21eme/21e.htm), Australia ( oz21eme.no-ip.org:1975/), Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, France, Spain and Germany, a true veritable Napoleonic foreign legion, which has established links with it’s past well beyond the Napoleonic epoch (which it portrays) and present French military.

The regiment is run on military lines, having only an honorary President in a person who is not only descendant of a 21ème Napoleonic officer, but also the president of the V.G. Association, monsieur Lechevin D’ere. He lives in Langres, the town in Haute-Marne where the 21ème was stationed during the greater part of the last century.

The recreated regiment is divided into two companies, the 1ère and the 3ème, and the regimental staff.

The regimental staff is comprised by the Colonel the Capitaine Adjutant-major, a Sergent-Major and a Caporal-fourrier.

The 1st company is commanded by a Lieutenant aided by a sergent and several caporaux

The 3rd company is commanded by a sous-lieutenant, aided by two  caporaux.

Only the 1ére compagnie has an eagle.

All major decisions are made by the commanding officer, but only after taking detailed and informative advice from his fellow officers and sous-officiers.

The aim of the regiment is to recreate as far as possible the lives of the soldiers of that old and venerable corps. To this aim the regiment undertakes trips all over the continent and recreates actions on the Napoleonic battlefields. It is also linked with the castle and the museum of the Malmaison where it attends regularly and garrisons the chateau.

We see the recreated 21ème as a superb example of an ancient unit recreated by contemporary Europeans who have achieved the link between its illustrious past and the contemporary present. This will continue because the present is our past in making and so the saga of this famous corps continues, because a regiment if a nation is like a rock in the turbulent sea. It provides the rallying focal point for future generations in unstable times.

I shall be happy if only this is said of us after we have gone: “Yes, they have formed the bridge between the past and present, and have, like the old Scottish clans, gathered that family of 21ème together, thus spanning the centuries in a line of common cause of remembrance.

Dr. Christopher Perko
Colonel Lamot
Algrave Hall,
Hassock Lane North,
Shipley,
Derbyshire,
DE75 7JB.

Events 2015
 
April 11-12th April Ickworth House, Suffolk, training event hosted by the Rifles.
2-4th May Battle of Nations, Woolaton Hall Nottingham.
16-17th May Sheffield Triples.
26-27th May Eton College (To be confirmed)
18-22nd June Waterloo
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Commanding Officer
 
Chris Perko
Algrave Hall
Hassock Lane North
Shipley
Derbyshire DE75 7JB
The Adjutant
 
Chris Durkin
7 Lowcroft Crescent
Chadderton
Oldham OL9 9UU
Position of the Regiment
 
1st March
1792: Journal militaire: Lyon, two battalions, 846 men (669 short) attached to the department of the Vosges.
1793 Landau (under siege)
1798: Into garrison at Amiens, 2nd battalion at Nantes (formed March 97), 3rd battalion Dunkirk.
1799 Nantes, Amiens, Lille
1801 Battalion expeditionnaire formed on the Ile de Re, with 140 of the 21eme, 106 56th Line, 59 5th Light, 58 Colonial depot Ile de re, 28 legion Loire, 119 cannoniers 5th Foot artillery, on the frigate l'Africaine.
1806 Pfafenhofen
1807 Division between Wittifswold and Osterwein, until 7th March
1808 Depot at Juliers
1809 1 battalion to Artzen, 2nd and 3rd Ohsen, 4th Hamelin, 5th depot at Juliers.
1810 Landau.
1811 Stade
1812 Magdeberg, 3, 4 and 5th battalions formed at Juliers.
1812 29th February crossed Elbe to move to Stettin (depot formed at Stettin)
1813 provisional Demi-brigade 6bis formed from 21eme, 12e and 17e ligne at Utrecht.
1814 Two battalions of conscripts formed after Leipzig at the Antwerp camp on the Scheldt. Cadre of two companies at Juliers with a few men (surrendered in January)(Possibly 6th battalion at Antwerp, 5th at Juliers).
Waterloo 1985
 
Boulogne 1991 on the Video page.
 

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