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Bavarians at Arcis-sur-Aube

By: Peter Wacker

Translated by: Justin Howard

These articles previously appeared in Issue 2 of the German-language magazine Depesche, which is published by our partner, Napoleon Online. We appreciate the kindness of the editor, Markus Stein, for giving us permission to publish the translation.


Which French troops did the 2/1st Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment “König” clash with in its assault on the village of Torcy-le-Grand on the day of the Battle (20 March 1814), and what were their dispositions in and around the village?

Stefan Frank, Schwabach

The 2/1st Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment “König” clashed in the village of Torcy-le-Grand with the French Brigade of General Rousseau, which was then reinforced by troops of Boyer’s brigade.

At the start of March, General Rousseau commanded a brigade consisting of the 1st and 2nd Voltigeurs of the Young Guard; however on 12 March he took over command of a brigade which was created from parts of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Tirailleurs of the Young Guard.

Initially, General Boyer led the 2nd Provisional Division of the Young Guard, which was however dispersed at the start of March. Following this, Boyer took command of a brigade newly formed out of troops from the depots in Paris.

However, the exact disposition of these troops is unknown.


Placed on the Napoleon Series: May 2010