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 2014
11-12th April Ickworth House, Bury-st-Edmunds.
26-27th April Grand Historical Bazaar, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF
17-18th May Sheffield Triples
24-25th May Hunton Court, Kent
29th May-1st June Montmirail, France
5-6th July Colchester Miltary Tournament.
24-25th August Cannon Hall, near Barnsley.
5-9th November Malta (Not confirmed)
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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
8th August
1790 Journal Militaire: regiment Guyenne November at Lyon.
1792: Journal militaire: 1st battalion arrived at Besancon.
1793 Siege of Landau, until 28th December 1793.
1794 At Nice General Kellerman formed a Polish battalion with men found in the 21eme, plus 9 companies from the 3rd and 70th demi-brigades.
1796 Milan.
1798: Into garrison at Amiens, 2nd battalion at Nantes (formed March 97), 3rd battalion Dunkirk.
1799 1er battalion bridgehead at cassano to Luco to Verderio.
1800 Pas de Suse, town of Suse.
1801 140 men formed part of the battailon expeditionaire on the Ile de Re boarding the frigate l'Africaine. (31st January)
1802 Detachment at Saint Domingo
1803 Camp of Bruges (Ostend) 3rd, 4th battalions Flessinge til july 1804
1804 3rd and 4th battalion to Cologne.(23rd October)
1805 Crossed the Danube at Pressberg, one battalion at Bruick, other in the villages of Regelbrun, Arbestal, Collesbrunn, Willfersnauer and Schadendorf until 5th January 1806.(order to organise at Mayence 4 elite battalions, depot battalion of the 21eme into the 1st elite battalion with a company of 100 men, 18/9)
1806 Towards the river Necker, occupied Kunzeslaw and Kupfererzell, until 26th June.
1807 Camp Hohenstein until 5th June.
1808 End of January rotation through the villages of Drossen, Sternberg, Bibereichs, Landsberg, Friedelberg, Zielenstic and Driezen, east of Austria.
1809 With the 12th Line at Ebersdorf.
1810 Division in Hannover, 21eme at Halberstadt
1811 Stade
1812 Corps at Gumbinnen.
1813 Review at Juliers.
1814 Reduction of regiments, 21eme absorbed 3,5/151eme Ligne (later added 1,4/Tirailleurs) stationed at Cambrai.
1815 Retreating from Waterloo.
Waterloo 1985
Boulogne 1991 on the Video page.

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