2e REP: History of the Foreign Legion’s last airborne unit

See the history, including nearly 50 pictures, of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), the last airborne unit of the French Foreign Legion, established in Algeria in 1948 and having been placed on the island of Corsica since 1967. It participated in the First Indochina War, Algerian War, Battle of Kolwezi and other military operations.

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Foreign Legion in a 1978 documentary

An interesting Brazilian documentary on the French Foreign Legion, showing, besides other things, the very rare images of advanced training courses of this legendary unit. It was released 36 years ago, in January 1978 by Globo, the second-largest commercial TV network in the world.

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1976: Training units left Corsica for Castelnaudary

On October 11, 1976, training units of the French Foreign Legion left Corsica, where they had been stationed since July 1962. The units moved to continental France to be based in Castelnaudary at the end of November 1976. They have been based in “Castel” (a nickname by legionnaires) till present. See some pictures and more information.

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History of the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment

There is the only cavalry regiment within the today’s French Foreign Legion. But it was not always so. During the years of 1939-40 and 1946-62, the Foreign Legion used also the second cavalry regiment, 2e REC. Nicknamed “Dauphin Étranger”, the 2e REC was the last Foreign Legion unit based in Morocco, which it left in 1956 for participating in the Algerian War. In Algeria, the regiment was serving and fighting for more than five years, till the end of the war in 1962. See history and pictures of the 2e REC.

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1st Foreign Parachute Regiment – a rebel of the Foreign Legion

There has not been such a controversial regiment neither within the French Foreign Legion nor within the whole of French Army for decades. The 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1er REP). Two times completely destroyed during the heavy fights of the First Indochina War, the 1er REP became the well-respected and feared legendary elite unit. But, it also participated in the Generals’ putsch in Algiers in 1961 and played a lead role of it….

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