12th-13th Battalion of the Line

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12th Regiment of the Line 1831-1993
13th Regiment of the Line 1874-1947, 1976-1993
12th "Prince Leopold" - 13th Battalion of the Line 1993-
Active 1831–
Country  Belgium
Branch Land Component
Type Infantry
Role Light infantry
Size 633 soldiers
Part of Light Brigade
Motto À l'avant-garde
Colors Red and Yellow
March Marche du 12e Régiment de Ligne Prince Léopold
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Jules Marie Alphonse Jacques de Dixmude

The 12th of the Line (Prince Leopold) – 13th of the Line Battalion (French: Bataillon 12e de Ligne Prince Léopold - 13e de Ligne, Dutch: Bataljon 12 Linie Prins Léopold - 13 Linie) is an infantry unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. It maintains the traditions of the 12th Regiment of the Line and 13th Regiment of the Line. Since 2011, the regiment is a part of the Light Brigade.[1]

History[edit]

12th Regiment of the Line[edit]

The 12th Regiment of the Line is the oldest active Belgian infantry regiment.[1] It was created on March 31, 1831, and since 1984 has been authorised to bear the title "Prince Leopold" which was originally bestowed on it in 1915, during the First World War.

13th Regiment of the Line[edit]

The 13th of the Line was founded in 1874. It was disbanded in 1947, but in 1976 it reformed as an anti-tank regiment.

Amalgamation[edit]

In 1993, the 12th of the Line and the 13th of the Line were merged to form the 12th Battalion of the Line "Prince Leopold" – 13th of the Line.

Standard[edit]

The standards of the unit carry the following citations:
For the 12th Regiment of Line:

For the 13th Regiment of Line:

As well as a fourragère of the Order of Leopold.

Lineage[edit]

Lineage
12th Regiment of the Line "Prince Leopold" 12th-13th Battalion of the Line
13th Regiment of the Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bataillon 12e de Ligne Prince Léopold - 13e de Ligne - History". mil.be. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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