Regiment of Tonkin: From Indochina to Polynesia

Regiment of Tonkin. The only regiment of the French Foreign Legion established (two times) in Asia. Nicknamed after Tonkin, the then title for northern Vietnam during the French rule and the place were the unit was born, the 5th Foreign Regiment (5e RE) remains also the only regiment of the Foreign Legion stationed in French Polynesia. Its legionnaires were also the only Legion force fighting against the Japanese during WWII (1940 and 1945). Besides that, the 5e RE’s units fought in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Algeria. In 1963, the regiment was reorganized and moved to French Polynesia to build and guard a new French nuclear testing site…

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Foreign Legion events: December 21 – 31

Explore the most interesting events of the French Foreign Legion’s history. Significant campaigns, battles, deployments, operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units… Today, we will present the important events which occurred between December 21 and December 31.

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Foreign Legion events: December 11 – 20

Discover the most interesting events in French Foreign Legion’ history. Significant campaigns and battles, deployments and operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units. See the Legion’s important events which occurred between December 11 and December 20.

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Foreign Legion events: December 01 – 10

The most interesting events in French Foreign Legion’ history. See important campaigns and battles, deployments and operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units. Discover the significant events of the Legion which occurred between December 01 and December 10.

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Foreign Legion events: November 21 – 30

Explore the most interesting events of the French Foreign Legion’s history. Significant campaigns, battles, deployments, operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units… Today, we will present the important events which occurred between November 21 and November 30.

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Foreign Legion events: November 11 – 20

Get to know historical events in French Foreign Legion’ history. Important campaigns and battles, deployments and operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units… Explore the most significant events of the Legion which occurred between November 11 and November 20.

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Foreign Legion events: November 01 – 10

The most interesting events in French Foreign Legion’ history. See important campaigns and battles, deployments and operations, the establishments or dissolutions of units. Explore the significant events of the Legion which occurred between November 01 and November 10.

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