3rd Dragoon Regiment (France)

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The 3rd Dragoon Regiment (3e régiment de dragons or 3e RD) was a cavalry regiment in the French Army, it was active in various forms from 1649 to 1997.

French Royal Army[edit]

It was raised as an ordinary cavalry unit under the Ancien Régime in 1649 for the duc d'Enghien, son of the grand Condé. It was named the Bourbon-cavalerie from 1686 to 1776, when it was turned into a dragoon regiment under the name Bourbon-Dragons.

The Revolutionary Wars[edit]

It gained the name 3rd Dragoon Regiment in 1791.

The war of the First Coalition[edit]

It took part in the Battle of the Bridge of Arcole.

The Napoleonic Wars[edit]

War of the Third Coalition[edit]

It took part in the battle of Austerlitz.

War of the Fourth Coalition[edit]

It took part in the battle of Jena-Auerstädt as part of the Cavalry Reserve under Joachim Murat.

It took part in the battle of Friedland.

World War 1[edit]

20th Century[edit]

It was disbanded on 30 June 1997.

Motto[edit]

Its motto was "Ardet et Audet" ("It burns and it dares"), which it first held in 1761, after the régiment de Noé (the former Clermont-Tonnerre) merged into it.