80 years ago, in August 1936, the regimental insignia was distributed to legionnaires of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) of the French Foreign Legion. It remains the oldest distinctive unit insignia used within the Legion. The 1er REC also remains the only cavalry unit of the current Foreign Legion.
The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the French Foreign Legion remains its only airborne unit and, most probably, the best-known regiment of the Legion. During its campaigns in Asia, Africa or Europe, the famous 2e REP gained 10 unit citations, mentioned in the order of the Army. Because of this, the 2e REP legionnaires are allowed to bear two Fourrageres, in colors of the Legion of Honor and the Military Valor.
In April 2016, the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the French Foreign Legion celebrated the 175th Anniversary. It has been the longest-serving regiment of the Legion. During its campaigns in Africa, Europe, Mexico, French Indochina or the Middle East, the famous 2e REI gained 6 unit citations, mentioned in the order of the Army. Its battalions and companies have gained another 22 unit citations since 1841.
In November 2015, the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) of the French Foreign Legion celebrated the 100th Anniversary. During its campaigns in Europe, North Africa and French Indochina, the famous 3e REI gained 16 unit citations, mentioned in the order of the Army, and remains the second most decorated regiment within the French Army. To commemorate this well-known unit serving in French Guiana (South America) now, I re-designed the insignia of 3e REI and published it in our store…
55 years ago, in 1961, the 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1er REP) of the French Foreign Legion was disbanded at lightning speed by then French president De Gaulle, because of its participation in the Generals’ Putsch of Algiers in late April 1961. To commemorate this famous and strictly disciplined unit, two times annihilated in combat and finally killed by a political decision, I re-designed the badge of 1er REP and published it in our store…
The two new t-shirt/sweatshirt/hoodie designs promoting the French Foreign Legion are available to purchase now. The first design is based on the Legion’s well-known symbol – Képi blanc (White kepi), worn only by legionnaires. The second design is based on the Foreign Legion’s famous Monument aux morts (War memorial – Monument to the dead), built in Algeria in 1930. Since 1962, the monument has been placed in 1er RE, the Legion’s headquarters based in Aubagne, southern France.
In September 2012, the FOREIGNLEGION.INFO online project was launched. It provides information about the famous French Foreign Legion – about its history, traditions, units, deployments etc. I hope that you found this website helpful in answering your questions you were looking for. If you want help us keep this website running, you can visit our online store and purchase any item inspired by the Foreign Legion. The items were created for both reasons, to promote this elite unit and to support our website… Thank you for your help.