2e REG: Five legionnaires killed in the Alps

On Monday, January 18, 14 legionnaires from the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) were caught by an avalanche while crossing a saddle of the Petit Argentier in the French Alps, during a mountain warfare basic training. The avalanche killed five of them. Nine legionnaires were injured, two of them seriously.

UPDATE 19.01.: The French Army specified that those killed legionnaires were a Malagasy (33 years old), who received the French citizenship after 5 years of service spent in the Legion, an Italian, a Nepalese, an Albanian and a Moldovan. The youngest killed legionnaire was 21 years old; he joined the Legion in June 2015. All of them were assigned to the 3rd Company, 2e REG.

UPDATE 27.01.: The sixth legionnaire (a Hungarian), who was among those fourteen men caught by an avalanche, died on Monday, January 25.

La Depeche: Le Drian en Savoie au lendemain d’une avalanche fatale à cinq légionnaires

The accident took place at 2,200 meters near the Valfrejus ski resort, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, on the eastern border of the country, close to Switzerland and Italy. 51 legionnaires from 2e REG were involved in a military course to receive the Military Skier Certificate (Brevet de Skieur Militaire, BSM). The course was conducted in the area of the Mountain Familiarization Group (Groupement d’Aguerrissement en Montagne, GAM), a mountain warfare training unit of the French Army.

Last week, two French students and a Ukrainian tourist were killed by an avalanche in the same region.

In 2012, a Polish caporal from 2e REG was killed by an avalanche in the French Alps during the same military course.

In March 2015, a 2e REG legionnaire died during a firing exercise.

2e REG legionnaires arriving in the Valfrejus ski resort after the accident (January 18, 2016)
2e REG legionnaires leaving the ski resort (January 18, 2016)

See more:
Valfréjus: cinq militaires morts dans une avalanche
French Foreign Legionnaires killed in Alps avalanche

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