Yesterday, on May 28, the Foreign Legion launched a video showing an instruction to avoid the danger of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) during military operations. The instruction took place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a garrison of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE), in March 2014.
Legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion have kept the long tradition of their Pioneers-Sappers history. The bearded Legion’s Pioneers are a very known unit, an inseparable part of every Legion’s great parade. In the 1970s, the modern Legion’s Pioneers from the very little-known 61st Engineer-Legion Mixed Battalion (61e BMGL) participated in the construction of the largest military camp in Western Europe: Camp de Canjuers. See the 61e BMGL’s rare images & history.
On May 13, 2014, the ceremony to pay homage to the Sergent-chef Marcel Kalafut was organized within the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP). The legionnaire Kalafut was killed in Mali on May 8, during Operation Serval. The ceremony was headed by the French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
On April 30, 2014, the legionnaires of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC), the only cavalry regiment of the Foreign Legion, celebrated its last Camerone Day (Camerone) in Orange (southeastern France). As stated before, the 1er REC will change its headquarters in the summer this year. See the great video made with video shots & photos, accompanied by the speech about the Battle of Camerone.