151e Régiment d'Infanterie de Ligne (1914-18)
Soldiers of the 151e R.I., 14 July 1917.
Pictures of the Regiment
The Regimental Colors
March of the 151st R.I.
Faces of the 151st Dead
Historical of the 151 RIL and 351 RIR
Campaign History of the 151 RI
Official 151st Regimental Campaign Histories (JMOs):
In August 1914, the 151e R.I. is garrisoned at Verdun; 84e Brigade d'Infanterie; 42e Division d'Infanterie, 6e Corps d'Armée, IIIe Armée (Ruffey). In September 1914, the regiment's garrison would relocate to Rennes, while the garrison of the 351 RI (the sister reserve regiment from which the 151 would draw additional replacements) relocated from Saint-Quentin to Quimper. These relocations would remain for the duration of the war.
30 July to 3 Oct. 1914
2 Sept. to 22 Sept. 1914 addendum
3 Oct. 1914 to 8 Feb. 1915
9 Feb. to 3 June 1915
4 June 1915 to 15 July 1916
16 July to 31 Dec. 1916
1 Jan. 1917 to 26 Aug. 1918
27 Aug. 1918 to 22 July 1919
83e B.I.             84e B.I.
94e R.I., 8e and 19e B.C.               151e and 162e R.I., 16e B.C.
Compagnies de Génie (Engineers): 6/3 (9e Régiment), supplemented in Jan. 1916 with 6/53
Assigned to 32e C.A. in October 1914, which it will remain in for the majority of the war. Attached to 42e D.I. from August 1914 to December 1916. Transferred to the 69e D.I. from January 1917 to November 1918.
151e, 162e R.I., 267e R.I.*
*267 R.I. dissolved in Sept. 1917, replaced with 129 R.I. in Jan. 1918
Bat. pionniers/86 R.I.T. attached in August 1918
Compagnies de Génie (Engineers): 22/13, 22/63 (1e Régiment); 13/25 (4e Régiment); Sapeurs-Pionniers (1e Régiment)
69e D.I. disbanded 15 January 1919, 151e reorganized into 84e B.I. and rejoined 42e D.I.
The successive commanders of the regiment were: Colonel Deville (11/24/1912 to 10/20/1914), Major de Bontin (10/30/1914), Colonel Dillemann (12/5/1914 to 5/8/1915), Colonel Edouard J.V. Moisson (5/9/1915 to 5/8/1918), Colonel Perchenet (5/15/1918 to 11/6/1918), Colonel Martin [du Theil] (11/6/1918 to 10/8/1919).
See photos of the regimental commanders here.
At the start of the war, the 151e was composed of men primarily from the Meuse and Ardennes departments, complemented by men drawn from the department of the Nord and Pas-de-Calais, and the cities of Le Havre and Paris. Later, sizeable portions of the ranks were drawn from Aisne. As the war progressed, the regiment would eventually draw men from all the regions of France.
The regiment went by a number of nick-names including, the "Verdun Regiment" and (after the Battle of the Somme) the "Rancourt Regiment." However, "le Beau 15-1" or simply the "15-1" were perhaps more common.
The war lasted 52 months, with the 151e in action for all but six of these. Total casualties for the regiment were roughly 300 officers and over 16,000 men, of which over 100 officers and 6,000 men were killed.* In other words, the regiment sufferred a casualty rate of more than 600% (and a death rate of more than 200%) from 1914-1918.
*Note: The above figure comes from the 1997 historical. The 1919 historical cites the total number of casualties at 12,395, including 5,423 killed (1,398 of whom were never found).