13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère, 13e DBLE. The only half-brigade of the Foreign Legion. Since June 2016, the 13e DBLE has been stationed at Camp Larzac, located near La Cavalerie in the Aveyron department, southern France.
From August 2011 to June 2016, the 13e DBLE was based at a desert training camp located at the Zayed Military City, close to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 1962 to June 2011, the 13e DBLE was stationed at Quartier général Monclar in Djibouti, Africa, as the last Foreign Legion unit permanently based on this continent.
The unit was formed at Sidi Bel Abbes (Algeria) and Fez (Morocco) in February 1940, as a mountain group composed of two battalions determined to fight in Finland (later, it was changed to Norway). The 13e DBLE served during the WWII in several campaigns (in Norway, in Senegal, Erirea, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy or France). It participated in the First Indochina War (1946-54) and the Algerian War (1955-62). The 13e DBLE was also involved in operations in Djibouti, Somalia, Rwanda, Yemen, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, the Central African Republic, Jordan or Iraq.
History of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion
See the history of 13e DBLE during the 1940 – 2015 period. Well-ordered data, including dozens of pictures from all periods; from the Norwegian Campaign until its service in the United Arab Emirates: History of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion
Current structure of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion
The regiment is devided (in 2017) into 6 companies composed of around 900 men. In 2018, the 13e DBLE would expand to a full-strength regiment. It would be composed of about 1,300 legionnaires.
The current 13e DBLE is organized on a new, modern level of the French infantry. The regiment is assigned to the 6th Light Armored Brigade, together with 1er REC, 2e REI and 1er REG. The CEITO (Operational Shooting Training Center) is placed within Camp Larzac and attached to the 13e DBLE.
- HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique, CCL)
- 1st Company (1re Compagnie, 1CIE) – an infantry combat company
- 2nd Company (2e Compagnie, 2CIE) – idem
- 3rd Company (3e Compagnie, 3CIE) – idem
- 4th Company (4e Compagnie, 4CIE) – idem
- CEITO Company (Compagnie de Camp, CC)
- Maintenance Platoon
- Firemen Platoon
In 2018, another 3 companies are going to be established. A 5th combat company + a military support company + a reserve company.
13e DBLE’s official website:
13e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère
13e DBLE’s current news
See the news and updates from the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) posted on our website:
13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion’s latest news
13e DBLE’s regimental song
The regimental song of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE):
Sous le soleil brûlant d’Afrique
Location of the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion