4e RE: Training at CENTAC 2016

Currently, around 600 legionnaires from the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), the training unit of the French Foreign Legion consisting of about 1,600 men now and based at Castelnaudary (southern France), are participating in military training at CENTAC (Combat Training Center), placed at Camp de Mailly, the base of the 5th Dragoon Regiment (5e RD).

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3e BMLE: The unit helping to install the Legion in France

In March 1962, the Algeria War ended. As a result, the French Foreign Legion had to leave Algeria for France. Formed with half of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment in August 1962, the 3rd Foreign Legion Task Force received a special task: to help to install the Foreign Legion in France and Corsica…

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40th anniversary of the Loyada Rescue Mission

In February 1976 legionnaires of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) and the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) were involved in the rescue of 31 children in Loayada, a village on the border between today’s Djibouti and Somalia. The children were kidnapped in Djibouti, capital of the then French Territory of Afars and Issas (TFAI, formerly French Somaliland, today’s Djibouti), by four rebels from the Somali Coast Liberation Front (Front de Libération de la Côte des Somalis, FLCS), a pan-Somali guerrilla organization created in the 1960s and supported by the Somali government.

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