21eme Regiment de Ligne
  Address by the Commanding Officer

The 21eme Regiment de Ligne


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,
DE75 7JB.

Events 2016
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Commanding Officer
Chris Perko
Algrave Hall
Hassock Lane North
Derbyshire DE75 7JB
The Adjutant
Chris Durkin
7 Lowcroft Crescent
Oldham OL9 9UU
Position of the Regiment
29th November
1790 Regiment Guyenne at Lyon
1792: Journal militaire: 1/21eme Besancon.
1793 Landau, siege until 28th December. 1st amalgamation 1/11 Ligne, 2/Var, 1/Haute-Garonne (and others) to form 21eme Demi-brigade at Nice)
1794 2/21e Cairo (Italy)
1796 During November Porentruy, Dellemont, Thervillers.
1798 Left Lille to move to Ostend
1799 Left positions at Mondovi, Bene, Bresilingo.
1800 Pas de Suse, and town of Suse.
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.
1803 Bruges Camp/Ostend, 3/4 battalions Flessigne until July 1804.
1804 3rd and 4th battalions to Cologne.
1805 1st battalion crossed to the right-bank of the Danube.
1806 Division Sochozew (10 leagues from Warsaw)
1807 Thorn camp
1808 October to Liegnitz, south of Glogau. 3rd battalion to Parchwitz 'til end October, 4th battalion Jauer.
1809 Three battalions at Zwebach, Mank, and Kunberg.
1810 Magdeberg
1811 Magdeberg
1812 Corps at the Berezina.
1813 Capitulation of Dresden, depot 5th battalion at Juliers, 2 companies at Stettin.
1814 Reduction of the regiments: absorbed 3 and 5/151st Line (later 1/4 Tirailleur) stationed at Cambrai.
1815 Between Quatre-Bras and Waterloo.
Waterloo 1985
Boulogne 1991 on the Video page.

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