70 years ago: The very first Foreign Legion airborne unit was disbanded

70 years ago today, on the 31st May of 1949, the very first airborne unit of the French Foreign Legion was disbanded. Organized and stationed in Hanoi (the then capital of French Indochina) in 1948, the company of no more than 150 legionnaires-paratroopers supported French troops during the first stage of the Indochina War (1946-54). If you are interested in the lesser-known history of the Foreign Legion, see our fully reworked article dedicated to this exceptional unit (une version française incluse).

See the history of the very first airborne unit of the Foreign Legion:
Parachute Company of 3e REI

La version française pour les visiteurs et lecteurs français:
Compagnie Parachutiste du 3e REI

 

Parachute Company of 3e REI's history - Cie Para - 3 REI - Foreign Legion
Compagnie Parachutiste du 3e REI - l'histoire - Cie Para - 3 REI - CP/3 - Legion etrangere