Legionnaires of the 2nd company and Reconnaissance and Support Company (Compagnie d’éclairage et d’appui, CEA) of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) returned from Mali to their base at Calvi, Corsica on April 20th, 2013. See the official video launched just yesterday by the French Army.
Syria, Homs, Damascus. Names we are hearing regularly in these days of 2012-13. It is very interesting to discover the French Foreign Legion and its legionnaires were serving at these places for decades. In 1939, the Legion units serving in Syria were transformed into the 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment and just based at Homs and Damascus. In 1941, it was the only Foreign Legion regiment which remained loyal to the French Vichy regime (cooperating with Hitler). See the very little known history and some photos of the 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment.
It would not be the 2e REP without the 3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment (3e REP). That’s right. The 3e REP is, belive or not, a predecessor of the famous 2e REP. Formed as the 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion in Algeria in 1949, the 3e REP was deactivated in 1955, by establishing the 2e REP. See some data and photos of the little-known regiment of the French Foreign Legion.
Since its dissolution in July 1, 2000, the 5th Foreign Regiment (5e Régiment étranger, 5e RE) has been the last disbanded regiment of the French Foreign Legion. Nicknamed “Regiment du Tonkin” or “Genie Legion”, the 5e RE has a long and truly remarkable history. I have tried to collect some data and photos and made its own page for those interested in.
On April 30, the French Foreign Legion will celebrate a Camerone Day, the most important day for all legionnaires. This year it will be more festive because of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Camerone. The festival is also open for public.