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lucky1oldman22 Sep 2022 10:23 a.m. PST

Does anyone know which French infantry units were included in the French expedition of 1746 to retake Acadie & destroy British settlements (including Boston) in North America as well as the Caribbean? Please lmk. Thanks in advance.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2022 4:02 p.m. PST

Good question.

I checked Grenier's book on Father Le Loutre's War, which is connected, being the other half of the expedition. And there's nothing there.

And what I've found online isn't very helpful. Best so far is "3,000 veteran soldiers"…

I'd be interested to know myself.


GurKhan23 Sep 2022 4:06 a.m. PST

"The whole fleet consisted of ninety-seven sail, having on board the two battalions of the regiment Ponthieu, the battalion militia of Saumur, the battalion of Fontenoy le Comte and a battalion of marines, in all 3,500 men, with 40,000 small arms."

From PDF link

lucky1oldman23 Sep 2022 5:13 a.m. PST

Thank you so much GurKhan – I live along Halifax Harbour in NS & i've always heard local folklore about the expedition but never details like this.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2022 5:55 a.m. PST

Great link. Thx GurKhan!

Lilian23 Sep 2022 10:00 a.m. PST

Battalion Militia of Fontenay-le-Comte,
Fontenoy is an other place and story…

the English seemed well informed…
3150 of which 1350 for the Regiment de Ponthieu, 600 each for the 2 Battalions of Provincial Militia and the Battalion from Compagnies Franches de la Marine

T Labienus24 Sep 2022 3:09 a.m. PST

List of the troops :
First Battalion of the Ponthieu Regiment,
Second battalion of the Ponthieu regiment,
Battalion of the Fontenay-le-Comte militia,
Battalion of the Saumur militia,
Navy troops (Compagnies franches de la Marine) granted in order to form a fifth landing unit.

In addition to these infantry troops, the squadron carried an artillery corps consisting of a brigadier, 6 engineers, a captain, 2 naval artillery lieutenants and 60 gunners.

Flag of the Ponthieu Regiment:


Uniform of the Ponthieu Regiment:


Uniform of the militia:


Uniform of the militia (militiaman on the right):

List of the ships of the squadron (offices of the Navy on 11 March, 1746) – 50 ships:
10 vessels of the line,
5 frigates,
3 corvettes,
1 bomb-ketch,
2 fire-ships,
2 flutes,
1 hospital-ship,
15 troop-transports,
11 food-transports.

On 5 October 1746, the total number of these men was 3,339, of whom 2,383 were from the infantry troops and 956 from the Navy detachment. The ships were manned by 3,666 sailors.

L'expédition du duc d'Anville:
PDF link

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2022 10:13 p.m. PST

The curse of Oak Island explored the possibility of his burying the expeditions treasure on Oak Island.

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