3e REI: 2017 Fourragere Day in Guiana

In mid-September 2017, the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) commemorated the 99th anniversary of the battle on the Hindenburg Line. See the video showing the regimental holiday at Quartier Forget, the main headquarters of the regiment based at Kourou, French Guiana.

On September 14, 1918, during World War I, a battle in northeastern France to seize the Hindenburg Line ended. It started on September 1st and then RMLE (Foreign Legion Regimental Team, 3e REI since 1920) participated in. During these two weeks, the French troops launched several attacks to storm the well-known German defensive position. The RMLE was most active unit between them. It had 275 men killed and almost 1120 men wounded.

For its most important action, the unit received the 9th mention (in dispatches) in the order of the Army and obtained the double Fourragère in the colors of the Legion of Honour (Légion d’Honneur) and of the 1914-18 War Cross. The day of the 14th September has become the regimental holiday, called Fourragere Day, commemorated annually. This year, the Fourragere Day occurred during September 16-17.

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