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Regiment was created in 1688, during french revolution, regiment was reorganized and renamed into 59e demi-brigade de bataille(formed from:
1er bataillon, 30e Regiment d'Infanterie, 4e bataillon, Volontaires de Paris, 7e bataillon, Volontaires de Rhone-et-Loire).
In 1803 regiment was renamed back to the original 59e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne.
59e, literally said, fought with Napoleon from his rise to power, to his fall.
They took part in siege of Toulon(Napoleons first battle), fought in battle of Marengo, Ulm and even Austerlitz.
They fought with their emperor in battle of Jena, endured starvation in Eylau, fought in battle of Wagram, Lutzen, Dresden, Leipzig and Luxembourg.
After Napoleon returned from exile, they again stood beside him in battle of Ligny and they were sent to fight, with retreating prussian army,
under command of Marechal Grouchy in battle of Wavre.
Three of the regimental Colonels got promoted to the rank of General-de-Brigade, one became baron of the empire and one became member of the Legion d'Honneur.
When Napoleon III. got on the French throne as Emperor, some old members of the 59e served him as his advisors.
Regiment was very active during WW1 and was disbanded in 1940 after defeat of France by Nazi Germany.
Regimental war records during NW:
1792: Valmy a Hondschoote
1793: Wattignies a Maubeuge
1794: Fleurus, Le Quesnoy a Sprimont
1796: Millesimo, Dego, Mondovi, a Saint-Georges
1797: Kehl a Huningue
1799: Pastrengo a Modena
1805: Caldiero a Castel-Franco
1807: Stettin a Straslund
1808: Rosas a Girone
1809: Capellades, Igualada, Ekmuhl, Essling a Wagram
1810: Molins-del-Rey a Hostalrich
1812: Dunabourg, Jacobowo, Drissa, Polotsk a La Beresina
1813: Dresde, Leipzig a Hanau
1814: Brienne, La Rothiere, Meaux a Magdeburg
1815: Ligny a Wavre
(from 1.1.2017 and beyond)