45 years ago: The last operational battalion of the Foreign Legion was disbanded

In 1969, the legionnaires deployed to Chad in Central Africa to carry out their first combat action since 1962, when the Algerian War ended. The events in Chad demonstrated that in the new post-colonial era and with a dramatically reduced army, France still needed forces capable of intervening rapidly everywhere around the world. And that the considerable downsizing the Foreign Legion after the war in Algeria was not the best idea. Thus, a new operational force consisting of legionnaires would be created in 1971 and serve until 1977…

To find out more about that force, follow the link:
GOLE: Foreign Legion Operational Group

La version française de l’article pour les lecteurs français :
Groupement Opérationnel de la Légion Etrangère

Foreign Legion Operational Group - GOLE - History - Foreign Legion