Ed “Bear” Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter, well-known for his Born Survivor/Man vs. Wild survival television series. Bear Grylls is also involved in a TV show titled Escape to the Legion, in which he and other “recruits” took part in basic desert training of a fictional Foreign Legion. But in recent weeks, Bear Grylls met with real legionnaires (paratroopers from the 2e REP) when he made the latest episode of NBC’s Running Wild TV show on the island of Corsica.
On April 30, 2016, legionnaires from the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), the unit based on the island of Corsica, commemorated the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Camerone. Before the Camerone Day, several challenges were conducted by the regiment. Among them, Mud REP.
On 17 May 1978, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the French Foreign Legion was put on alert to get involved in an emergency operation in Kolwezi, an important mining center located in the Katanga province of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), the second largest country of Africa.
Every year, the French Foreign Legion commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Camerone, the most famous event in its history. Also in 2016, on April 30, Camerone Day, the officers, NCOs and legionnaires of the Foreign Legion commemorated the 153rd Anniversary of the battle. See Camerone Day videos from several Legion regiments.
In February 1976 legionnaires of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) and the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) were involved in the rescue of 31 children in Loayada, a village on the border between today’s Djibouti and Somalia. The children were kidnapped in Djibouti, capital of the then French Territory of Afars and Issas (TFAI, formerly French Somaliland, today’s Djibouti), by four rebels from the Somali Coast Liberation Front (Front de Libération de la Côte des Somalis, FLCS), a pan-Somali guerrilla organization created in the 1960s and supported by the Somali government.
February 3. This day marks the 34th anniversary of the Mont Garbi accident, in which 29 members of the French Foreign Legion were killed, including a whole platoon of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP). The accident occurred in Djibouti, Africa. For the Legion, the 3rd February 1982 remains the most tragic day since the end of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (1954).