6th Cuirassier Regiment (France)

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Colonel de la Rochetulon presenting to the recruits the flag of the 6th regiment of cuirassiers in front of the Ecole Militaire of Paris in 1887
Regimental flag with battle honours

The 6th Cuirassier Regiment (French: 6e Régiment de Cuirassiers,6e RC) was an ancient French cavalry regiment. It has since merged with the 12th Cuirassier Regiment to form the 6th-12th Cuirassier Regiment.


The French Royal Army[edit]

1635: A regiment is raised by Cardinal Richelieu under the name of Régiment de Dragons du Cardinal (the Cardinal's Dragoon Regiment) 1641: On the death of cardinal Richelieu, the Régiment de Dragons du Cardinal passed to the king and was renamed the Régiment de Fusiliers à Cheval du Roi (The King's Regiment of Mounted Fusiliers) 1646: The Régiment de Fusiliers à Cheval du Roi was renamed the Régiment du Roi – Cavalerie or, in English, King's Regiment (Cavalry)

The Revolutionary Wars[edit]

In 1791 the Régiment du Roi – Cavalerie was renamed the 6e Régiment de Cavalerie (6th Cavalry Regiment).

In 1800 it took part in the battle of Hohenlinden.

The Napoleonic Wars[edit]

In 1803 the 6e Régiment de Cavalerie is turned into a cuirassiers regiment and took the name 6e Régiment de Cuirassiers (6th Regiment of Cuirassiers).

In 1809 it took part in the battle of Wagram.

In 1812 it took part in the battle of Borodino.

World War 1[edit]

The Modern Age[edit]

In 1994 it merged with the 12th Cuirassier Regiment to form the 6th-12th Cuirassier Regiment

Honours[edit]

Battle honours[edit]

Decorations[edit]