The 61e Régiment d'Infanterie exists since 1791, but we will rather focus on it main battles in the French Revolution and the First Empire.
To protect himself against the insurgents, king Louis XVI called the 61e Régiment to reinforce the guard at his palace with the prestigious "Switzerland Guard".
In 1792, the 61e Régiment particips to the Battle of Valmy against Prussians, where the France won hir first major battle of the Revolutionary Wars.
In 1800, he takes part to the capture of Malta, against English. Malta Island was crucial to land at Alexandria, for the Egyptian Campaign.
Today, we aren't sure if the 61e participated to the Battle of the Pyramids, probably a part of, but not the entire regiment.
"Charge d'Infanterie à la Bataille de Valmy, 20 septembre 1792" painted by Pierre Victor Robiquet.
In 1799 the 61e Régiment d'Infanterie distinguished himself at the Battle of Héliopolis where he charged heroically the Ottomane positions, who were defended by 25 canons.
The 61e Régiment achieved to capture 35 canons, and the French general, Murat said:
"What is this crazy regiment, charging alone the ennemies positions !?".
In 1800, our prestigious regiment particped at the Battle of Heliopolis, the French army won. After Heliopolis, 61e Régiment no longer participated in any campaign before 1807 where he took part in the Siege of Danzig against Russian and Prussian allied troops.
In 1809 he participated in the Battle of Wagram against the Austrians.
He also took part in the bloody Battle of Berizina, on side with the Swiss detachment, 61e Régiment was almost destroyed.
After his reforming, the 61e d'Infanterie de Ligne participated on October 16th to 19th at the Battle of Leipzig. He took part in the Battle of Brienne and the battle Battle of Montereau too.
When the Emperor Napoleon came back from Elbe Island, the 61e joined him, and the regiment took part to the battle of Waterloo.
- In-Game History -
The 61e Régiment de Grenadiers de Front (French) was created by godieu and Salmstorm in August 2012. At the beginning the regiment was small.
The regiment participated to many Linebattles, they brought 10~15 men in the line! But, one day, this prestigious regiment decided to form the Xe Corps d'Armée Français, with the 3e Régiment d'Artillerie de Marine [Art] and the 7e Régiment de Voltigeurs [Light].
After that, the Xe Corps d'Armée and the Ve Corps d'Armée created the new "Légion Irlandaise" (Irish Legion).
But the 18th July, 61e Régiment decided to leave the Irish Legion. Irish Legion was too big, too arrogant, too nub .
The 61e Régiment de Grenadiers de Front disbanded 3 months later, on august 2014, but today, he's reformed ! Now, he's called "61e Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne".
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