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by Ivan Sache
The company La Sambre, based in Antwerp, was named after the river Sambre (190 km), which has its source in the north of France, waters Maubeuge, then crosses the border, waters Charleroi and flows into the Meuse in Namur.
The Sambre-et-Meuse army (1794-1797) was the most famous of the armies of the French Revolution, known as 'armies of the Year II' (armées de l'an II). The army was named after the confluency of the rivers Sambre and Meuse, where the armies of Moselle and of the Ardennes were merged. The army was commanded by Jourdan until his death in Altenkirchen in 1796, then by Bournonville and eventually by Hoche, who died in Wetzlar in 1797, aged 29. The marche de Sambre-et-Meuse is still one of the most popular military marches of the French army, often if not always played during the 14 July parade.
The bearer bond used as the source for the houseflag of La Sambre is dated 1914. It is highly probable that the company did not survive the First World War.
Ivan Sache, 24 November 2003
The house flag of La Sambre, as seen on a bearer bond, is white with a red letter S.
Jan Mertens, 24 November 2003