The GPLEM is an acronym of a very little-known independent motorized infantry unit of the French Foreign Legion, the Moroccan Foreign Legion Motorized Group. The group served in Morocco (Africa) for 10 years, after the end of World War II. The GPLEM originated in the autonomous mounted and motorized Legion units being left in Morocco in 1943, while Legion infantry regiments were disbanded and its legionnaires formed the Provisional Regiment (RMLE) in Algeria, for the purpose of joining the fighting in Europe. See the GPLEM history & images.
On April 9, the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (6e BLB, composed of three Legion regiments and two “regular” regiments) participating in the Hannibal exercise. Its title refers to the well-known Punic Carthaginian military commander, who crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy during the Second Punic War. During that march, Hannibal crossed also the Rhône river in todays France. Legionnaires-engineers from the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), while using their engineering facilities, helped simulate Hannibal’s crossing of the river in modern conditions. More than 200 military vehicles of the 6e BLB participated in this operation.
During February and March of 2014, young legionnaires arriving to the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG), a mountain warfare regiment of the Foreign Legion, were participating in the course of basic mountain military skills to obtain the Military Skier Certificate (Brevet de Skieur Militaire, BSM) and its badge.
At the end of March 2014, legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the Foreign Legion, were taking part in the Border Storm exercise on the Otterburn Training Area in Northumberland of Northern England.
Last week, on March 22, a military ceremony took part in the headquarters of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) of the Foreign Legion, to salute the flag of the 5th Squadron, for the last time in its history. The sqadron has been disbanded since March 2014, due to the reorganization of the French Army of 2014-2019.