18e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne "The Brave" [Disbanded/Reformed]

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18e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne "The Brave"


"Brave 18th, No Enemy Can Stand Against You!"



About Us

The 18e Regiment was formed in March 2011 and is one of the older regiments in the community. We are a large regiment and have a Voltigeur Company as well as a Line/Fusilier Company. We aim to successfully create a regiment that stays true to the values of the real 18e Regiment. We are committed to using tactics and formations from the Napoleonic Era to ultimately create a regiment that is elite, well trained, extremely well coordinated, organised and disciplined. Using regimental structures from the Napoleonic Era we will try our utmost to create a professional atmosphere within the regiment but to also provide entertainment for people seeking as much of an accurate and entertaining experience as possible. In the end we hope that we will have an extremely elite regiment that cannot be bested by any other which means we are looking for the best members to join us. They must be mature, intelligent, willing to learn and must able contribute to the regiment.



Regiment History

Napoleon's decree of 1811 entitled only five of the 88 active French line infantry regiments to display seven battle honors on the reverse of their tricolore flags. The 18e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne was one of the units so honored. As early as the campaign of 1796-97, the 18th Line's stalwart fighting qualities were noticed by the future Emperor of the French. At that time, Napoleon allowed the regiment to place the slogan "Brave 18th, I know you: No enemy can resist you" on their flag. This distinction marked the beginning of an illustrious and tragic regimental history.

With the establishment of the Empire in 1804, the 18th Line and its fellow regiments were presented with a new flag (drapeau) for every battalion. A cast bronze eagle with spread wings (aigle eployee) weighing nearly four pounds surmounted the tip of each 6-foot flagstaff. Over the ensuing decade the 18th Line's path to glory was strewn with stunning victories, agonizing defeats - and the distinction, shared with the 4th Line, of having lost three of its eagles.

The 18th Line participated in the encirclement and capitulation of Ulm on 20 October 1805 as a part of Victor Levasseur's brigade in Claude Legrand's 3rd Division, IV Corps d'Armee commanded by Marshal Nicolas Soult. On 2 December the regiment was heavily engaged on the field of Austerlitz. The 18th and 75th Line held the Pheasantry and the north part of the village of Sokolnitz, key to the French right flank, against overwhelming numbers of Russians and Austrians from the Allied Second and Third Columns. In his report, colonel Vautre of the 18th credited his regiment with "piercing the enemy columns three times", seizing five Russian flags and carrying off a like number of cannon. As a result of the 1805 campaign, the 18th Line won its first (Ulm) and second (Austerlitz) battle honors.

Ten months later, the 18th Line earned its third battle honor (Jena). Again serving under Levasseur, Legrand and Soult the regiment was engaged on 14 October 1806 as part of the French right flank in the great afternoon attack that shattered Hohenlohe's Prussian army. Prussia did not capitulate, however, because its Russian allies were close at hand. The French were forced to continue the campaign into Poland during the winter of 1806-07.





On the frozen and snowy afternoon of 7 February 1807, the 18th Line approached the village of Preussisch-Eylau at the head of a column pursuing Bennigsen's Russian army. The Russian rearguard made a stand on the Ziegelhof plateau; to confront them the two battalions of the 18th were ordered to the left of the main road. In the face of heavy enemy artillery and musketry fire, the 18th deployed into line and was beginning to put pressure on the Russian infantry when, in the act of changing front to the right, the regiment was suddenly charged on its left flank by the Russian St. Petersburg Dragoons. Taken by surprise and overrun before they were able to form square, the color guard of the 1st battalion allegedly buried their eagle in the snow to prevent its capture. Thrown into disorder by the rout of the 1st battalion, the 2nd batallion tried to rally near its color guard. A desperate combat swirled around the eagle, and a group of Russian dragoons including adjutant Fomine, dragoons Podvorotni, Deriaguine and Erofeiev and trumpeter Logvinov were all involved in its capture.

Writing shortly after the battle, Lieutenant Lacombe of the 2nd battalion deplored the eagle's loss but noted that it was taken only after the color guard were slaughtered and the eagle bearer (porte-aigle) was cut down by "the cossacks". A timely countercharge by the 13th Chasseurs a Cheval saved the 18th from further loss, but the damage was enormous: among its officers, nine were killed and 35 wounded - including the colonel, Ravier, and future colonel, Pelleport. The 18th also lost more than 500 men, including several hundred prisoners. If this were not enough, the "buried eagle" of the 1st battalion was never recovered. The regiment was so badly shaken that it was kept in reserve all day on 8 February, when the Battle of Eylau was fought. The 18th Line had thus won its fourth battlefield honor (Eylau) in a most discouraging manner. However, the Emperor again showed his fondness for the regiment in his 20th Bulletin dated 9 February 1807; he minimized the loss of the regiment's eagles, stating that to blame the 18th would be unfair because it had been placed in an exposed position and was therefore subjected to the "vagaries of war". The Emperor ordered that the 18th be given replacement eagles.




For the 1809 campaign on the Danube, the 18th Line remained attached to Legrand's 3rd Division, IV Corps d'Armee, now commanded by Marshal Andre Massena. General de Brigade Levasseur had been mortally wounded at Eylau, and General de Brigade Francois Ledru des Essarts led the three battalions of the 18th together with three battalions of the 26th Light (legere) Infantry regiment. The strength of these six French battalions was 4,268. Also attached were two battalions of Baden's Graf Hochberg regiment. The 18th merited its fifth battle honor (Eckmuehl) after participating in the defeat of the Austrians on 22 April during the first phase of the campaign.

One month later, the 18th Line found itself thrown into the bloody cauldron of Aspern-Essling. At 5:30 PM on 21 May, Ledru's brigade was ordered to retake the key village of Aspern, which had fallen into Austrian hands on the French left. If Aspern were to remain in possession of the enemy, the precarious French bridgehead over the Danube at Lobau Island would be in extreme danger. Thus the safety of the entire army depended on Legrand's division. The 26th Light, supported by the 18th Line and the Graf Hochberg regiment, cleared the village streets and occupied the key positions of church and cemetery. They were then struck by an Austrian attack of six battalions, supported by a further thirteen, spurred on by the Archduke Charles himself. After an hour of intense combat in the broiling heat, Legrand's men were ejected from Aspern. Napoleon ordered its immediate recapture. In a titanic struggle over the course of the next 20 hours, Aspern changed hands many times and was reduced to a heap of rubble. The 18th Line suffered 600 casualties but had earned its sixth battle honor (Essling).





With just 1,574 men, the 18th Line fought at Wagram six weeks later, on 5-6 July 1809. The regiment was once more locked in a fierce combat for Aspern village, and again prevented the Austrians from breaking into the French rear area. For its part in this engagement, the 18th Line was accorded its seventh and final battle honor (Wagram). The summer of 1812 saw the 18th Line proudly carry its newly issued eagle and flag (whose reverse flaunted the seven battle honors) into the vastness of Russia. Attached to Joubert's Brigade, Razout's 11th Division, III Corps d'Armee led by Marshal Michel Ney the four battalions of the 18th fought at Borodino in the center of the French formation, attacking and taking the Bagration Fleches and later Semenovskaya village.

It was at Krasnoe on 18 November 1812, during the long retreat out of Russia, that the 18th Line lost its third eagle. Marshal Ney had turned to confront his Russian pursuers. When Kutusov demanded a total surrender, Ney led his troops in a brash frontal attack that ended in failure. According to colonel Pelleport, the 18th was virtually destroyed in this combat. By Pelleport's express order, the eagle was placed at the head of the regiment. While other units sought to hide their eagles by dismantling them or hurrying them to the rear, the men of the 18th defended their honor. 600 of them became casualties, with 350 dead. Pelleport's justification was that the eagles should be proudly carried as symbols of the liberty they represented, not hidden away. The eagle and flag of the 18th Line were captured by under-lieutenants Koratcharov and Bolchwing and uhlan Dartchenko of the 2nd squadron, the Russian Guard Uhlans. The captors were each awarded the Cross of St. George for this exploit.

A new regiment was formed around the cadre of the 18th Line for the 1813 campaign in Germany. The regiment served under General de Brigade Bronikowsky in Vial's 6th Division (Legrand having been seriously wounded crossing the Beresina in late November 1812), II Corps d'Armee under Marshal Claude Victor-Perrin, known as Victor. The 18th Line had requested a replacement eagle for the one lost at Krasnoe, and Napoleon approved the request in June 1813. The 18th Line fought at Dresden in August and Leipzig in October. Still under Victor, the 18th Line fought in the ensuing campaign in France and was present at La Rothiere on 1 February 1814. It is not known if the final replacement eagle for the 18e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne ever arrived.





Code of Conduct

As it has already been mentioned, we are aiming to represent one of the finest regiments that existed, therefore our members must meet our etiquette;

1. They must be respectful to everyone no matter the circumstance. This may be fellow members or players out with the regiment. This also covers insulting someone, racism, bullying and discrimination.  At all times you are representing the regiment and must show the highest level of maturity.
2. Follow Orders. This is extremely vital as you must follow orders given by your Commanding Officer or Superior to the letter and must be done so without argument or hesitation. If you don't agree with the tactics being used by your Superior there is a time and place to bring your point forward. During events is not the time and you must respect their decisions.
3. They must learn and train to become proficiently skilled soldier in tactics as well as skill.
4. A member must remain active to be a useful contributer to the regiment, attend trainings and events when you can and if not please inform us so that we know.
5. Extreme behavior and discipline is to be shown at all times no matter where you are. During linebattles there is to be no head banging, fidgeting in line and aiming your weapon at a teammate. Members must use the Permission To Speak (PTS) system during events. This is to avoid anyone speaking over the Commanding Officer when commands are being given and PTS must not be abused. During linebattles the main chat is not be used by anyone except the Commander.

If a member is to do well within the regiment they must do their best to follow the Code of Conduct. Following this will lead to promotions i the member is proficient enough to do the task.



Teamspeak

Teamspeak is an extremely important for the regiment. It is imperative that every member of the regiment has teamspeak as it is needed for communication. The regiment cannot function without this therefore it is a requirement that every member has it.

Rules for in game still apply on teamspeak. This is very important during events and off topic as well as unneeded chat will not be allowed. Members must also remain, going by our values, mature and respectful at all times. You can download it here: http://www.teamspeak.com/?page=downloads







Rank Structure

The Ranking Structure of the regiment has been created at its best to stay with the historical structure that regiments had in the Napoleonic Era while making slight adjustments to suit the smaller size of the clan in comparison.

Enlisted


Cadet (Cdt) After you application has been accepted you will join the regiment as a cadet. This does not however mean you are a full pledge member of the regiment. You will have to be as active as possible when you are still a cadet. This is so the regiment can get to know you as well as your activity will allow you to attend many trainings and events. This will ultimately improve your skills and knowledge of tactics. You will be expected to practice on your own and not to just rely on trainings to get you up to a high standard. However of course we are willing to help whenever we can and will help you improve with our knowledge.



Soldat (Sdt) Upon reaching this rank you are a fully pledged, committed member of the 18e Regiment. This rank will make up the majority of the members in the regiment. You are expected to fully the Code of Conduct to the utmost like anyone who wears our tags. These men are what the regiment relies upon to succeed, the proud and stout soldiers of our regiment.



Soldat de Premiere (SdP) This rank is given to Soldats who are very active and stand out from their peers in discipline and attitude. This is a distinction rather than a rank.



Soldat d'Honneur (SdH) This rank is given to the best skilled Soldats in the regiment. This is more of a distinction rather than a rank. The men who wear this tag are examples to their comrades. This rank can only be achieved after performing great feats of excellence, bravery and skill.



Caporal (Cpl) The Caporal rank is given only to our best skilled, mature and disciplined members. These men may not want to or meet the standards to serve at a higher rank. Usually men at this rank are the very best we have to offer our enemy, and they should be very scared when faced by one them. This rank is the lowest NCO in the regiment. They are expected to encourage high levels of dsicipline and make sure that the regiment's rankers perform to their very best.



Caporal Chef (CplCf) This rank is given to the most distinguished Caporal. Caporal Chef is the chief Caporal and is to take charge of them. They are to ensure that the Caporals are doing their duties and are executing them perfectly.
Sous-Officiers




Sergent (Sgt) Only the most mature and compitent players can achieve this rank.  The sergeants are the most important NCO's in respect to ensuring discipline, maturity and courage in battle, training and to keep the rankers behaving. Simple duties will be expected such as being able to lead men, taking attendance, carrying out disciplinary action and keeping morale high. Also training sessions will be run on occasions by the Sergeants. They are to be dominant yet respectful and just. To have reached this rank members would have had to show extreme levels of skill, competence, dedication, maturity and respect.



Sergent Major (SgtMj) The Sergent Chef is the head Sergent. Expected to ensure that the Sergeants are doing their duties as well as ensuring the Caporal Chef and Caporals are doing theirs. Only the Sergent Chef is trusted to carry the flag in to battle. This is a very prestigious honour.



Adjudant (Adj) The Adjudant is a head NCO in the regiment. The Adjudant will have duties concerning administration of the regiment and management of the members. This too will include making sure new conscripts have been briefed and given all the details they need. They must always ensure the etiquette of the regiment is being followed and will also have to be competent in command. To reach this rank members must have surpassed all ranks below and done much more to be recognised as befitting this rank.

Officiers




Sous Lieutenant (SLt) The Sous Lieutenants responsibilities are much like the Adjutant's however they will be doing more tasks and will also have more of a commanding role.



Lieutenant (Lt) The Lieutenant is the lowest ranking officer in the regiment. He must be competent in command and must also be willing and able to do many other duties. They must be respected as well as respectful. They will have a lot of turst on their shoulders in their ability to be able to perform their role effective.



Capitaine (Cpt) The Capitaine must be fully capable to take full control of the regiment and be able to do all the duties that the Colonel undertakes. He is to act as an aid to the Colonel and to provide professional advice and guidance. The Capitaine will have many important tasks to fulfill within the regiment and will be trusted to also take on administrative duties when it is necessary.



Colonel (Col) The Colonel of the regiment is the highest rank. He oversees command of the whole regiment and is the one who leads it in battle. The Colonel is the chief administrator of the regiment and will seek to keep the regiment well maintained, coordinated and organised. The Colonel will handle such actions as diplomacy with other regiments (setting up linebattles, handling relations) and will be expected to know and understand all tactics and strategies.




Recruitment

If you are interested in joining, please register and make an application on our website;

18e Website [Click]





Training & Event Times

Tuesday Training - 7PM GMT
Wednesday Public Event - 7PM GMT
Friday Training - 7PM GMT
Saturday Linebattle Event - 7:30PM GMT
Sunday Training/Linebattle/Public Event - 7PM GMT



Additional Details

18e Steam Group [Click]

Teamspeak Details - Server Address: 88th.ts3dns.com

Here is the banner that we use in-game and that every member must have;




 

Lowlander

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Gwyrdh said:
James Stewart said:
We shall win, oh **** I'm helping you.

Off to the dungeon with me again...
loln00b
Wave a flag in his damn face! He shall know what it will feel like to be beaten by the 18e! And it will not be the first time either.
 

JacketOfGreen

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Lowlander said:
Gwyrdh said:
James Stewart said:
We shall win, oh **** I'm helping you.

Off to the dungeon with me again...
loln00b
Wave a flag in his damn face! He shall know what it will feel like to be beaten by the 18e! And it will not be the first time either.
Remember when we beat you 10-0 twice Tav? Yeah, I thought so.
 

JacketOfGreen

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Lowlander said:
Its OK, I will have a conversation with you Green.
Thank you very much, nothing worse than talking to yourself...

On an unrelated note, we have a public run at 7PM GMT, be there or I'll cut your balls off with a nail file and wear them like earrings. ;3
 

Lowlander

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Well unlike other regiments, I wont name any names *cough* 91st *cough*, we wont spam pointless nonsense on our thread!
 

JacketOfGreen

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Lowlander said:
Well unlike other regiments, I wont name any names *cough* 91st *cough*, we wont spam pointless nonsense on our thread!
All of our posts are in some way related or important to something or other. Like this post, it's imperative to the prior post that Lowlander made, as I am reinforcing him.

Stupid 91st...
 

Colnel. William Tavington

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Gwyrdh said:
Lowlander said:
Well unlike other regiments, I wont name any names *cough* 91st *cough*, we wont spam pointless nonsense on our thread!
All of our posts are in some way related or important to something or other. Like this post, it's imperative to the prior post that Lowlander made, as I am reinforcing him.

Stupid 91st...
no
 

JacketOfGreen

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James Stewart said:
Gwyrdh said:
Lowlander said:
Well unlike other regiments, I wont name any names *cough* 91st *cough*, we wont spam pointless nonsense on our thread!
All of our posts are in some way related or important to something or other. Like this post, it's imperative to the prior post that Lowlander made, as I am reinforcing him.

Stupid 91st...
no
Thanks for the bump.
 

Colnel. William Tavington

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Gwyrdh said:
James Stewart said:
Gwyrdh said:
Lowlander said:
Well unlike other regiments, I wont name any names *cough* 91st *cough*, we wont spam pointless nonsense on our thread!
All of our posts are in some way related or important to something or other. Like this post, it's imperative to the prior post that Lowlander made, as I am reinforcing him.

Stupid 91st...
no
Thanks for the bump.
no
 
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