2e REG: Mountain Commandos in Greenland

In early September 2018, mountain commandos from the French Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) took part in an artic military exercise in Greenland, close to the North Pole.

Men from the 2e REG’s Mountain Commando Group (Groupement de Commando de Montagne, GCM) were accompanied with other GCM members and members of the High Mountains Military Group (Groupement militaire de haute montagne, GMHM), both from the 27th BIM (Mountain Infantry Brigade). The 2e REG makes part of this brigade.

The twelve French soldiers trained in Greenland, the world’s largest island located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, for the first time in history.

They conducted a long march (125 miles / 200 km) in a total autonomy, with 110 pounds (50 kg) carrying in their backpacks, while marching 8-9 hours per day in some -25 degrees Fahrenheit (about -32 °C) to familiarize themselves with the extreme artic conditions taking place close to the North Pole.

In the video below, you can see a green-and-red fanion of the Foreign Legion in Greenland (00:12).


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