69 eme Regiment of Fortress Infantry

The 69 eme Infantry Regiment (RI) was formed in 1673 and finally dissolved in 1940 following the surrender of the Maginot Line. They had a long and distinguished history of active service, beginning with the Dutch War (1672-1679) and formally ending in 1923 when they were dissolved, prior to being reformed in 1936 as a Fortress Infantry Regiment (RIF). The traditions of the 69 eme RI were to be continued and upheld by the 26 eme RI.




As an RIF, it formed part of the Fortified Sector of Faulquemont, being responsible for the sub-sector of Lixing, which takes its name from a small town in the area of St Avold in the Department of Moselle. The 69 eme RIF was stationed in barracks in the area and remains of the camps can be seen on Google Earth. In 1940, it was commanded by Colonel Balthazard. Between March and June 1940, the regiment fought against the German IR 258 who were part of the 30th Army Corps.

The 69eme was (in November of 1939) armed as follows:

Rifles:

54 Lebel 8mm

613 Berthiers 8 mm


Carbines:

970 Mix of models of the Berthier 8mm


Light Machine Guns:

128 FM24/29 7.5mm


Heavy Machine Guns:

135 Hotchkiss M1914 8mm

2 MAC 7.5 mm


Anti-Tank Guns:

26 Hotchkiss 25 mm


Mortars:

18 Brandt M1927/31 81 mm

71 VB grenade launchers.


 

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