The French Foreign Legion is using various weapons and vehicles depending on what regiment, company or even a section it is. See a list of the large majority of its equipment with tens of pictures, information and well-ordered data. See the list of current equipment of the French Foreign Legion (2013).
The Foreign Legion has always some of its units deployed outside of France. See a list of operations of the French Foreign Legion in June 2013.
A few images from the French Foreign Legion basic training of 2013. If you are interested in the Legion or you are thinking about joining, you appreciate it.
There is the only cavalry regiment within the today’s French Foreign Legion. But it was not always so. During the years of 1939-40 and 1946-62, the Foreign Legion used also the second cavalry regiment, 2e REC. Nicknamed “Dauphin Étranger”, the 2e REC was the last Foreign Legion unit based in Morocco, which it left in 1956 for participating in the Algerian War. In Algeria, the regiment was serving and fighting for more than five years, till the end of the war in 1962. See history and pictures of the 2e REC.
There has not been such a controversial regiment neither within the French Foreign Legion nor within the whole of French Army for decades. The 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1er REP). Two times completely destroyed during the heavy fights of the First Indochina War, the 1er REP became the well-respected and feared legendary elite unit. But, it also participated in the Generals’ putsch in Algiers in 1961 and played a lead role of it….