Foreign Legion events: August 01 – 10

Explore most important events in the French Foreign Legion’s history. Significant campaigns, battles, deployments, operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units… Today, the historical events, which occurred between August 01 and August 10, will be published.

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4e RE: Foreign Legion Basic Training 2016

Nice images taken during the Foreign Legion’s basic training, by an East European recruit from the 2nd Enlisted Volunteers Company (2CEV) of the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), the training unit of the French Foreign Legion. The images were taken mainly on the company’s farm and in Castelnaudary (southern France), where the 4e RE is based.

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2e REI: History of the Foreign Legion’s longest-serving regiment

In 2016, the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the French Foreign Legion commemorated the 175th Anniversary of its activation. The history of the 2e REI started in Algeria, in April 1841, when the French Foreign Legion devided into two parts. Its legionnaires fought in Algeria, Crimea, Italy, Mexico, French Indochina, Madagascar, Morocco, France, Chad, Iraq, ex-Yugoslavia, Ivory Coast, Mali or in the Central African Republic. Currently (2016), the 2e REI is also the largest regiment of the Foreign Legion.

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Foreign Legion events: July 21 – 31

Explore most interesting events in the history of the French Foreign Legion. Important campaigns, battles, deployments, operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units… Today, we publish its historical events which occurred between July 21 and July 31.

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Foreign Legion events: July 11 – 20

Discover most important events in the history of the French Foreign Legion. Unit establishments or dissolutions, campaigns, battles, deployments, operations… Today, we publish the important Foreign Legion historical data which occurred between July 11 and July 20.

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2016: 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Belloy-en-Santerre

On July 4, 2016, the Foreign Legion commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Belloy-en-Santerre. The battle, which occurred on July 4, 1916 near the river Somme in the Picardy region of northern France, was part of the Battle of Somme, the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. That day, hundreds of legionnaires were killed within a few hours, including the American poet Alan Seeger.

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