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A History of the Real 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne
during La Grande Guerre.

The 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne was created on February 12, 1813. It was formed from the "Cohortes de la Garde Nationale" (Cohorts of the National Guard). The Regiment served in Austrian and German Campaigns during the Napoleonic War. On the 24th of August 1814 the 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne was deactivated.

After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 the French Army was re-organized and the 151ème was reinstated. On April 15th 1888 the 151ème was stationed at "Mirabel" Quarters at Verdun. The regiment was to become part of the VI Army Corps, 42nd Division, 84th Brigade.

On the 14th of July 1914 the 151ème was sent on manuveres to the Camp de Châlons sur Marne but on the 28th of July it was returned back to the "Mirabel" Quarters at Verdun to guard the Frontier from German attack. When war broke out on August 3, 1914 the regiment was back in the Verdun Quarters of "Mirabel". On the 22 and 23 of August 1914 it fought its first engagement with the Germans at Pierrepont.

The 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne fought in the following campaigns and battles during the Great War under the commands of Colonel Louis Deville and Colonel Philippe Dillemann.

1914

  • ·Battle of the Frontiers: Battle of Charleroi: Charleroi (August 21 to 23)
  • Battle of the Marne: September 6 to 13, 1914: Soizy aux Bois and Villeneuve les Charlesville (September 6); Château de Mondement (September 9); Fère-Champenoise (September 10)
  • Battle of Flanders: Znieuport; Dixmude; and Streenstraate (November)

1915

  • Woërve Offensive: Battle of the Argonne: La Gruerie or else known as "la Tuerie" and Four-de-Paris (May to November)
  • Champagne Offensive: Battle of Champagne: Auberive (September 25 to 30)

1916

  • Battle of Verdun: Carrières de Haudremont (February); Mort-Homme (February to April); Thiaucourt
  • Battle of the Somme: Rancourt, Sailly-Saillisel (October 6); and Bois de Saint-Pierre-Vaast

1917

The 151ème at this time became part of the 32nd Army Corps and 69th Division

  • 2nd Battle of Aisne (Nivelle Offensive at the Chemin de Dames): Berry au Bac (Sapigneul) (April 16 to May 19)
  • Note: The 151ème did not participate in the mutinies of 1917
  • Verdun: Bois le Chaume (September 8)

1918

  • 3rd Battle of Aisne: L' Aronde (June 9 to 12); Soissons (August 28); Laffaux (September 5)
Croix de Guerre The 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne during La Grande Guerre was awarded Four Order of the Army Croix de Guerre Citations and La Fourragère in the colors of the Médaille Militaire. These awards along with the follwing inscriptions: Yser, Verdun with the following Motto: ON NE PASSE PAS (they did not pass), Somme, Aisne, and Soissonnais; were to displayed on the Regimental Colors. Médaille Militaire

The 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne during La Grande Guerre was awarded Four Order of the Army Croix de Guerre Citations and La Fourragère in the colors of the Médaille Militaire. These awards along with the following inscriptions: Yser, Verdun with the following Motto: ON NE PASSE PAS (they did not pass), Somme, Aisne, and Soissonnais; were to displayed on the Regimental Colors

During the 4 years of war the 151ème lost close to 12,000 killed, wounded or missing in action.

The 151ème Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne was an active regiment in the French Army (L'Armée de Terre) until 1997, when it was decommissioned

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