41 years ago: Operation in Kolwezi started

In Corsica on May 17, 1978, legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) were put on alert. Two days later, they jumped over Kolwezi, a city located in then Zaire, Central Africa. They would rescue over 2,000 Europeans captured and held by local rebels. Thanks to the success of the operation and the then international media coverage, the regiment became popular across the world…

If you are interested in this operation, click the link or the image below to see our article dedicated to the operation, supplemented with many images and additional information.

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2e REP - 2 REP - 1978 Battle of Kolwezi - A successful rescue operation in Kolwezi - Zaire