French Order-of-Battle during the Golymin and Pultusk Campaign: 5th Corps (30 December 1806)
By Greg Gorsuch
5e Corps D’Armée. — Maréchal Lannes
Chef d’état-major : Gal Victor, puis Gal Reille.
Detachments that could join in time to conveniently take part in the operations of the December campaign.
The 17th Light, depot in Strasbourg, had a detachment in the battalion of light infantry which left Strasbourg on September 28 and crossed at Leipzig on October 24.
The 34th Line, depot in Strasbourg, had in the 1st battalion of infantry leaving Strasbourg on September 26 a detachment of 110 men; only 73 men were present at the review of the Emperor in Berlin October 30. The Chief of Staff gave the order, October 31, to leave Berlin, the following day November 1, all the detachments of the 5th Corps went directly to Stettin where they were to join their regiments.
The 40th, depot at Wissembourg, had in the 1st battalion of infantry leaving Strasbourg on September 26, a detachment of 48 men which passed in review for the Emperor on October 30 and joined in Stettin6.
The 64th, depot in Besançon, did not receive a detachment before the crossing the Vistula.
The 88th, depot in Strasbourg, had in the 2nd battalion of infantry leaving Strasbourg on September 26 a detachment of 80 men which passed in review for the Emperor on October 30 and joined in Stettin6. A second detachment of 3 officers and 100 men crossed the Rhine at Mainz on November 9 and joined the small depot.
The 21st and 28th Light, did not receive anything before the crossing of the Vistula.
The 100th, depot in Strasbourg, had in the 3rd battalion of infantry leaving Strasbourg on September 25 a detachment of 12 men which passed in review for the Emperor on October 30 and joined in Stettin.
The 103rd, depot in Strasbourg, had in the 2nd battalion a detachment of 36 men. A detachment of 15 men came down the Rhine to Mainz, from where it left on October 4.
These detachments, approximately 300 men strong, could have joined the 5th Corps at Stettin before its departure from this city, a departure which took place the 8th. There was a 4 days march from Berlin to Stettin.
The 9th Hussars received a detachment of 3 officers and 100 hussars, which was organized in Potsdam and started out on November 14.
The 10th Hussars received in the same way a detachment of 1 officer and 82 hussars that left Potsdam the same day. These 2 detachments came from a column of 613 dismounted men, chasseurs and hussars, who left Strasbourg on September 26.
The 21st Chasseurs did not receive anything before the crossing of the Vistula.
1. With the artillery park, with the elite battalion or the small depots at Stettin.
The 7th elite battalion was formed from the companies of carabiniers and voltigeurs of the 3rd battalions of the 17th and 21st Light, and from those of grenadiers and voltigeurs of the 3rd battalion of the 34th Line; the 8th battalion, from those of the 40th, 64th and 88th; these 2 battalions constituted the 4th Regiment.
2. The 64th and 88th suffered much on December 25; but they were to have a strong detachment, because it is not unlikely that they had lost 600 and the other 800 men in combat.
3. The 21st and 28th Light joined the 5th Corps on November 23; they are not shown on the situation of November 30. The 21st had escorted the prisoners of war of the column of Prince von Hohenlohe. General Corbineau announced the departure from Spandau, November 4th, of 1,513 men of this regiment and the arrival, following day 5th, of an escort of 574 men, that is to say a 2,113 present total under the arms, officers included. The situation was 2,140 present at the departure for Dusseldorf on September 15. The summary situation of November 4, which carries only 1,414 men of the 21st Light to the escort the prisoners, is probably erroneous.
4. Seven companies of chasseurs of the 2nd battalion in Warsaw; 2 companies of the 1st battalion at the bridge over the Bug.
Marshal Kellermann to the Chief of Staff.
Mainz, October 7, 1806.
The 2 war battalions of the 28th Light leave tomorrow and will be returned the 13th to Würzburg. They are 1,616 men strong, officers included. It was not possible to make stronger battalions. What remains with the 3rd battalion and at the depot consists only of men unable to make war and conscripts of which the greatest part were taken while crossing the Department of the Saar or have just arrived in Mainz.
The 28th Light came from Boulogne without resting; it crossed at Leipzig on October 23.
6The company of voltigeurs of the 3rd battalion of the 40th, 95 men strong, also formed part of this detachment. It passed in review for the Emperor at Berlin on October 30. The account of the chief of staff carries: «the grenadier company of the 3rd battalion will be recalled to Berlin to form the elite battalion.»
The 88th was the same situation; in addition to the 80 men drawn from various companies, the account carries: «the 3rd company of voltigeurs will remain under the command of Marshal Lefebvre to form the elite battalion. Summon the company of grenadiers of 3rd battalion which is with the army.»
It is impossible to check if the 17th Light were without in the same way, since the account of the review by the Emperor where the light battalion of infantry appeared, does not exist.
Placed on the Napoleon Series: December 2004
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