2e REP: The new history page of the last airborne unit of the Foreign Legion

This day marks the birthday of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the Foreign Legion. 63 years ago, on December 1, 1955, the well-known unit was established in North Africa. The regiment would take part in the Algerian War, until 1962. After having left Africa for Corsica in 1967, its men would deploy to Chad, Zaire, Iraq, ex-Yugoslavia, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Mali or Niger.

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Most complete database of French Foreign Legion historical events

The coming 11th November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the tragic World War I, in which millions of brave soldiers died. Between them, several thousands of legionnaires. In France during WWI, their unit became the most decorated unit of the French Army. No other comment is needed. This is a small contribution to remember their fallen brothers-in-arms (and also the fallen legionnaires of all conflicts and campaigns from 1831 until the present): since now, you can browse the most complete database of French Foreign Legion historical events ever created. Well-ordered data collected together from almost 30 books + tens of magazines + the internet. The gathered data are presented as On This Day. Each day is supplemented with an image.

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2e BEP: 70th anniversary of the predecessor to the 2e REP

70 years ago, on October 1, 1948, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2e BEP) of the Foreign Legion was established in North Africa. The unit would be shipped to Southeast Asia a few months later, to became the most awarded French battalion of the First Indochina War (1946-54). After having returned back to North Africa in late 1955, its men helped to constitute its famous successor, the 2e REP (Regiment).

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The worst accident in the Foreign Legion’s history: 86 years already

86 years ago, in September 1932, the worst accident in the French Foreign Legion’s history occurred. In Algeria (North Africa), on the 14th September of 1932, a troop train was heading for Morocco, carrying a Legion battalion being ready for fighting with Moroccan rebels. In the afternoon, the train had derailed and fell into a ravine. Tens of legionnaires were killed, two hundreds of legionnaires were wounded.

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3e REP: The shortest living regiment of the Foreign Legion

The 3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment (3e REP) has remained the shortest living regiment of the Foreign Legion. The almost unknown regiment served in North Africa in mid-1950s and helped to form its much famous successor, the 2e REP. Formed as a battalion in Algeria in 1949, the unit trained young volunteers to become elite paratroopers of the Legion fighting in the First Indochina War (1946-54).

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Foreign Legion’s Engineering Companies in the First Indochina War

Learn about engineering companies of the French Foreign Legion serving in then French Indochina during the First Indochina War (1946-54). Although very little-known units, even in France, these companies were among first Foreign Legion elements joining the military operations in Indochina and provided an important combat support in the following war.

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