Battle Record

The 151st RI at Chemin-des- Dames in 1917, drawn by Yves Perera Aisne

The following information was taken from the Historique du 151e Regiment d'Infanterie by Jean Lieffroy (the unofficial regimental historical published in 1997), the official regimental historical published in 1919, and the official war-time campaign journal referred to as the Journal des Marches et Operations (JMO). When available, casualty figures are given, drawn from these three sources. The casualty percentages are estimates, as the exact number of the regiment's effectives at any given time are not always known.

1914:

  • Battle of the Frontiers (21-24 August): Pierrepont (near Longwy), Baslieux, Bois de Goëmont, Bois de Grand Champ, Bois de Doncourt, Rouvrois, Duzey
    Casualties: 800 men and officers - 27%
    Casualties for 22 Aug. only: 720 men and officers - 55%
  • Battle of the Marne (6-14 September): Villeneuve-les-Charleville, Charleville, Soizy-aux-Bois (6-7 Sept.); Corfélix, Les Culots, Bois de l'Homme-Blanc (8 Sept.); Château de Mondemont, La Fère-Champenoise, Villeseneux (9-11 Sept.); near Auberive (12-17 Sept.); near Prosnes and Ferme des Marquises (17-22 Sept.); Sillery (24-30 Sept.)
    Casualties: 1,070 men and officers - 33%
    Casualties for 6-8 Sept. only: 600 men and officers - 18%
  • Battle of the Yser and the Ypres (23 October-30 December): Nieuport, Lombaertyde, Westende (23-25 Oct.), Ramscapelle (26-30 Oct.), Dixmude (2 Nov.), Stenstraate, Bixchoote (8-10 Nov.), Stenstraate - Lizerne - Bernardplaats sector (11 Nov. - 5 Dec.); Zillebeke - Côte 60 - Zwartelen (9-30 Dec.).
    Casualties: 1,800 men and officers - 70%
    Casualties for 9-10 Nov. only: 1,073 men and officers - 47%

  • Total Casualties 1914:   4,000 men and officers - 130%

1915:

  • The Argonne (17 January-19 July): Bois de la Gruerie - Fontaine-Madame sub-sector (La Harazée, Blanleuil, la Sapinière, Enfants Perdus, Ravin Sec)
    Casualties for Jan. to July: 4,200 men and officers - 175%
    Casualties for 1-3 July only: 1,330 men and officers - 55%
  • Second Battle of Champagne: Aubérive-sur-Suippes (25-30 Sept., October 6)
    Casualties: 1,800 men and officers - 75%

  • Total Casualties 1915:   6,000 men and officers - 250%

1916:

  • Battle of Verdun: Carrières d'Haudromont and Bois Nawé (10-30 March); Mort-Homme (3 April-24 May)
    Casualties: 2,000 men and officers - 83%
  • Battle of the Somme: Rancourt (19-30 Sept.); Bois de Saint-Pierre-Waast, Sailly-Saillisel (6-10 Oct., 14 Oct.-7 Nov.)
    Casualties (25-27 Sept. only): 662 men and officers - 26%
    Casualties: 1,926 men and officers - 80%

  • Total Casualties 1916:   3,926 men and officers - 163%

1917:

  • Aisne/Chemin des Dâmes (16 April-19 May): Ferme de Choléra, Ferme de Mauchamp, and (north of) Guignicourt.
    Casualties: 700 men and officers - 40%
    Note: The regiment wins the Croix de Guerre for its actions on the Aisne, only the eleventh regiment to do so at this date.
  • Verdun (16 July-September): Bois des Carrières and Ferme des Chambrettes (16 July-26 Aug.); Bois de Chaume, Bois des Fosses (Sept.)
    Casualties (8-9 Sept. only): 730 men and officers - 40%
  • Neufchâteau (October-January): Training the U.S. 104th I.R. (26th I.D., 1st Army Corps, AEF) and the 5 Marines (4th Brigade, 2nd I.D.)

  • Total Casualties 1917:   1,730 men and officers - 77%

1918:

  • Aisne (June-July): Gournay-sur-Aronde (9-16 June); Saconin, Vauxbuin (Vaurhuin), Villeneuve-St.-Germain, Ferme de Montlave (18 July-2 Aug.)
    Casualties: 700 men and officers - 38%
  • Soissons (28-31 Aug.): Vauxrot, St. Vaast (Waast), St. Medard, Crouy
    Casualties: 460 men and officers
  • St. Genevieve (September-October): Xon, Bois de la Voivrotte (25-26 Sept.); Bouxieres-aux-Chenes (13 Oct.-11 Nov.)
    Casualties for 25-26 Sept.: 300 men and officers

  • Total Casualties 1918:   1,430 men and officers - 65%

TOTAL CASUALTIES 1914-1918:


Per JMO: 16,000 officers and men - 530%
Per 1919 regimental historical: 12,449 officers and men - 415%
      Killed: 108 officers, 3,971 men
      Missing:* 20 officers, 1,378 men
      Wounded: 165 officers, 6,807 men
*Presumed dead.


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