2e REI: El Moungar 2019

In early September 2019, the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the French Foreign Legion commemorated the 116th anniversary of the famous Battle of El Moungar. The battle occurred at El Moungar, in the Bechar region of western Algeria, on September 2, 1903. That day, a company of the then 2nd Foreign Regiment (2e RE) was attacked by more than 2,000 Berbers.

El Moungar was a French outpost situated close to Taghit, at the Algeria-Morocco border. The place saw a first battle between legionnaires of the 2e RE and Berbers three years earlier, in July 1900. In mid-August 1903, four-day Berber attacks took place at nearby Taghit. They were successfully fought off.

On the 2nd of September, Captain Vauchez and his 22nd Mounted Company, 2e RE (2 officers + 113 legionnaires) did a security guard for a supply train when they were attacked by more than 2,000 Berbers. The following fierce battle took eight hours and the Legion company suffered heavy casualties. Captain Marie-Louis Vauchez along with his deputy Lieutenant Christian Selchauhansen, a Danish officer serving in the Legion, were killed. Another 34 legionnaires were also killed, while 47 legionnaires were seriously wounded. Finally, with coming French reinforcements, the enemy was fought off.

Today, the battle is commemorated annually. The date of the battle became a regimental holiday of the 2e REI.

Like the last time, even this year the battle was commemorated discreetly, without public. See the commemorations in Nimes, the garrison town of the regiment, and Paris, where the elements of the regiment are participating in Operation Sentinelle just now. The commanding officer used the holiday to award several of his men with the Valor Cross and the Gold Medal of French Defense.

PHOTOS. 2019 El Moungar in Nimes + Paris, September 1.
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