Infantry Regiment "Soria" No. 9

The Infantry Regiment "Soria" No. 9 (Spanish: Regimiento de Infantería «Soria» n.º 9) is a light infantry regiment of the Spanish Army. Founded in 1509 as a tercio, it is one of the world's oldest still operational units. Today it is garrisoned on the Canary Islands and has fought in Afghanistan.

Regimiento de Infantería «Soria» n.º 9
Coat of Arms of the 9th Infantry Regiment Soria.svg
Active1509 - current
CountrySpain Spain
BranchSpanish Army
TypeInfantry
Sizeone battalion
Part ofBrigada «Canarias» XVI
Garrison/HQPuerto del Rosario, Canary Islands
Nickname(s)El Sangriento "The Bloody"
PatronOur Lady of the Immaculate Conception
MarchMarcha Regimiento Soria 9 Himno Regimiento Soria 9
Engagements
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Leopoldo O'Donnell

From the late 1950s to the 1990s it was part of the "Guzman el Bueno" Division, successively the 21st and then the 2nd.[1]

MissionEdit

  • Constant preparation through training.
  • Participation in exercise, maneuvers and operations.
  • Cooperation with the civil authorities in emergencies.

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OrganizationEdit

  • Headquarters
  • Light Infantry Battalion “Fuerteventura” I/9.

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HistoryEdit

The regiment was formed in Naples as a tercio in 1509, and fought as such under different names in the Italian Wars and the Eighty Years' War. Reorganized as a linear regiment in 1705 it fought in the War of the Spanish Succession, against the Peruvian insurgents, and against Revolutionary France. During the Peninsular War it fought side by side with its former British enemies against Napoleon's France. The regiment participated in the First and Third Carlist Wars, as well as the Hispano-Moroccan and the Spanish–American Wars. During the 20th century it participated in two wars in Africa, as well as the Spanish Civil War. During the 21st century it has been deployed in Afghanistan.[3][4]

Historical names of the regimentEdit

 
Captain of the regiment "Soria", 1768.
  • 1509 Tercio de Zamudio.
  • 1513 Tercio de Nápoles.
  • 1591 Tercio Departamental de Brabante.
  • 1700 Tercio Departamental de Brabante nº 3.
  • 1705 Regimiento Departamental de Brabante nº 3.
  • 1715 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 3.
  • 1718 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 8.
  • 1741 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 9.
  • 1769 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 8.
  • 1811 Regimiento de Infantería Ausona nº 8.
  • 1815 Regimiento de Infantería Ausona nº 11.
  • 1823 Batallones de Infantería nº 21 y nº 22.
  • 1824 Regimiento de Infantería Extremadura nº8.
  • 1828 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 8.
  • 1834 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 9.
  • 1931 Regimiento de Infantería nº 9.
  • 1935 Regimiento de Infantería Granada nº 9.
  • 1936 Regimiento de Infantería Granada nº 6.
  • 1939 Regimiento de Infantería nº 6.
  • 1944 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 9.
  • 1959 Agrupación de Infantería Soria nº 9.
  • 1963 Regimiento de Infantería Soria nº 9.
  • 1965 Regimiento de Infantería Mixto Soria nº 9.
  • 1996 Regimiento de Infantería Ligera “Soria nº 9”.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mogaburo López, Fernando (2017). Historia Orgánica De Las Grandes Unidades (1475-2018) (PDF). Madrid: Ministerio de Defensa - Mando de Adiestramiento y Doctrina. p. 69. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Organización y mission. Regimiento de Infantería "Soria" nº 9." Ejército de Tierra. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  3. ^ "Regimiento de Infantería Soria n.º 9." Ayuntamiento Soria. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ "CINCO SIGLOS DEL REGTO. SORIA Nº 9." La Asociación 2 de Mayo de Miniaturistas Militares de Madrid. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ "Historial. Regimiento de Infantería "Soria" nº 9." Ejército de Tierra. Retrieved 2018-02-26.

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