13e DBLE: 2022 Military ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Bir Hakeim

Last Friday, 27 May 2022, the 13th Foreign Legion Half Brigade (13e DBLE) opened its doors to the public, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Bir Hakeim.

The Battle of Bir Hakeim was fought during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. It took place west of the port of Tobruk in Libya, North Africa, from 26 May to 11 June 1942. The 13e DBLE, then part of the British Army’s Free French, participated. The unit successfully resisted to the 32,000 German and Italian soldiers of General Rommel.

To commemorate the battle, a ceremony occurred at Camp Larzac – home to the 13e DBLE – in the evening of May 27th. Presided over by General Alain Lardet, commander of the Foreign Legion, the ceremony started at 9 p.m., in the presence of the Foreign Legion Music Band. Five companies of the half-brigade marched down the Monclar Avenue of the base in front of both military personnel and civilian visitors.

The doors of the camp were open to the public all the weekend.

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