Foreign Legion: Bastille Day Military Parade 2014

On July 14, the Bastille Day Military Parade (Défilé militaire du 14 Juillet) passed down the Champs-Elysées, Paris. As always, the Foreign Legion took part in the parade. See the legionnaires from the Foreign Legion Music Band and the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), accompanied by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, marching together down the street in front of the French president.

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1er REG: Hannibal exercise

On April 9, the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (6e BLB, composed of three Legion regiments and two “regular” regiments) was participating in the Hannibal exercise. Its title refers to the well-known Punic Carthaginian military commander, who crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy during the Second Punic War. During that march, Hannibal crossed also the Rhône river in todays France. Legionnaires-engineers from the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), while using their engineering facilities, helped simulate Hannibal’s crossing of the river in modern conditions. More than 200 military vehicles of the 6e BLB participated in this operation.

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