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GPLEA: 21e CPLE, 22e CPLE, 23e CPLE

September 15, 2014 · Posted in gplea, history

Units of the French Foreign Legion forgotten by time. Independent, self-governing autonomous motorized infantry companies serving in Algeria, established at the turn of the year 1954/1955 in response to rising rebel activity in French North Africa. The companies were equipped with Jeeps, Dodges WC 6×6, M3 Scout Cars (22e CPLE in 1955) and with AM-M8 Greyhound armored cars. They were often supported or even transported by helicopters and co-operated in several military operations with Foreign Legion paratroopers from 1er REP. In February 1956, the companies were grouped into GPLEA’s motorized group.

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Foreign Legion for the first time in Peru

August 28, 2014 · Posted in 3rei, legion

Last month, the French Foreign Legion appeared for the first time in Peru (South America). On 29 July 2014, a detachment composed of legionnaires (mostly Senior corporals) from the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) of the Foreign Legion, a regiment based in South America as well, participated in a large military ceremony conducted by the Peruvian Army in Lima, the capital of Peru.

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Legion’s youngest Saharan motorized company

August 22, 2014 · Posted in 4cspl, history

An almost unknown unit of the French Foreign Legion. An independent, autonomous motorized infantry company formed in 1955 to serve in Algeria during the Algerian War. A few months later, it became the 4th Legion Saharan Motorized Company (4e CSPL). The youngest of the four legendary Saharan motorized companies of the Foreign Legion.

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