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45e Infanterie de Ligne

Welcome to the website for the 45e Infanterie Regiment de Ligne. We are a French Infantry reenactment group, based in the UK, portraying the lives of soldiers, NCOs, Officers and their ladies together with camp followers, including Cantinieres and Vivandieres, during the height of Empire (1805-1809) within the Napoleonic Wars.


We recreate the lives of  the period both within living history encampments and on the battlefield. We can fight in full dress uniform or in campaign dress.Off the field of battle we re-enact life in an authentic camp. Within our ranks we have roles for all family members and new members are always welcome. If you have ever wondered what it was like to march under the gaze of Napoleon; face a British or Allied line; form square against cavalry; or to reenact life of the period then come and join us.

Displays, Hire and Film Work

We are available to hire for film, stage, and TV work. We also provide a variety of living history displays and battlefield skirmishes of interest to all age groups. We are fully trained, insured and covered by public liability insurance. If you would like further details about any of the above activities please contact us through the ‘Contact Us’ page.


Examples of recent events include:


French Festival Horsham; Billingshurst French Market; Hythe Festival; Western Heights, Dover, open days; Eastbourne Redoubt open days; The Lord Mayor’s Show; Beating The Retreat, Horseguards; and Les Miserables Le Panto by Oddsocks Productions.


Examples of recent film and television work include:


Vanity Fair (BBC); Wellington - The Iron Duke (Granada); Napoleon - (The History Channel); Battlefield Detectives - (The History Channel); Meet the Ancestors - Nelson's Island (BBC); World in Arms - (3BM Television) Mark William's Big Bangs (Sky TV); Last Invasion of Britain - Fishguard (BBC One Show); Bombardier Beer Advert (Kream London); and Horrible Histories (CBBC).


The original latin motto for the regiment was ‘Hanc Coronam Mastreka Dedit’