Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse
1905 recording sung by Pierre d'Assy
1910 instrumental recording
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The original poem was written in 1870 by Paul Cezano, in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War and the first days of the French Third Republic. The references to the Army of Sambre-et-Meuse set Republican, soldierly mood.
The next year, music was composed by Robert Planquette. In 1879, it was arranged as a military march by Joseph François Rauski.
"Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse" was the official march of the Royal 22e Régiment of Canada until it was replaced in 1935 by "Le Royal 22e régiment," written by Capt C. O'Neill 1922-37 followed by the current official quick march "Vive la Canadienne," in 1939.
Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse is popular in the USA, where it is sometimes played at American football games, most notably by The Ohio State University Marching Band during its signature Script Ohio formation, and at West Point graduations. It is also often used for marches of the Belgian military schools in Brussels (KMS) and Sint-Truiden (KSOO) because of the historic link of this song with Belgium.
- Complete lyrics
- Modern interpretations: vocal
- Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse (The Sambre and Meuse Regiment) on the site of the Fédération Nationale des Combattants Volontaires