Former Foreign Legion units: 1945-2000

See a well-ordered list of former units of the French Foreign Legion being (re-)activated between 1945-2000 and disbanded during the same period. Discover the former Foreign Legion units serving in North Africa, French Indochina, France and other places after the Second World War. For each of these Legion units, a separate history article should have been created in the course of time.

  1. Current units of the French Foreign Legion
  2. Former units of the French Foreign Legion: 1945-2000
  3. Former units of the French Foreign Legion: 1920-1945
  4. Former units of the French Foreign Legion: 1831-1920

 

Former Foreign Legion units: 1968 – 2000

The former Foreign Legion units (re-)activated between 1968-2000 and having already been disbanded now. They are arranged by the date of their (re-)activation.
 

  1. 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (6e REG, future 1er REG), 1984-99
    1. Foreign Legion Reinforced Road Building Company (CRTRLE), 1978-84
  2. 5th Foreign Regiment (5e RE), 1984-2000
  3. Foreign Legion Training Regiment (RILE, future 4e RE), 1977-80
    1. Foreign Legion Training Group (GILE), 1955-77
  4. Foreign Legion Detachment in Comoros (DLEC, future DLEM), 1973-76
  5. Foreign Legion Group (GLE, future COMLE), 1972-84
  6. Foreign Legion Task Force (GOLE, see 2e REI), 1971-77
  7. 61st Engineer-Legion Mixed Battalion (61e BMGL), 1971-82
    1. Foreign Legion Pioneers Company (CPLE), 1968-71
  8. Foreign Legion Motorized Company (CMLE), 1969-71
  9. 1er RE’s Provisional Company (CM/1RE, the last unit serving in Algeria), 1968

 
 

Former Foreign Legion units: 1962 – 1968

The former units (re-)activated in 1962-68 and having already been disbanded now.
 

  1. 5th Heavy Carrier Transportation Company (5e CTGP, see 2e REI), 1965-67
  2. 5th Mixed Pacific Regiment (5e RMP, future 5e RE), 1963-84
    1. 5th Foreign Infantry Regiment (5e REI), 1949-63
  3. Saharan Disciplinary Platoon (SDS), 1963-64
    1. Foreign Regiments Disciplinary Company (CDRE), 1955-63
  4. 3rd Foreign Legion Task Force (3e BMLE), 1962-64

 
 

Former Foreign Legion units: 1954 – 1962

The former units (re-)activated in 1954-62 and having already been disbanded now.
 

  1. 1st Legion Saharan Motorized Squadron (1er ESPL, ex-1re CSPL), 1961-63
    1. 1st Legion Saharan Motorized Company (1re CSPL), 1946-60
  2. Foreign Legion Technical Inspection (ITLE), 1957-64
    1. Foreign Legion Command (COLE), 1955-57
    2. Foreign Legion Autonomous Group (GALE), 1950-55
  3. Foreign Legion Madagascar Battalion (BLEM), 1957-62
    1. Foreign Legion Madagascar Detachment (DLEM), 1956-57
  4. Foreign Legion Algerian Motorized Group (GPLEA), 1956
    1. 21st Foreign Legion Motorized Company (21e CPLE), 1954-56
    2. 22nd Foreign Legion Motorized Company (22e CPLE), 1954-56
    3. 23rd Foreign Legion Motorized Company (23e CPLE), 1955-56
  5. 4th Legion Saharan Motorized Company (4e CSPL), 1956-63
    1. 24th Foreign Legion Motorized Company (24e CPLE), 1955-56
  6. Autonomous Squadrons Group (GEA, see 1er REC), 1955-56
  7. 3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment (3e REP), 1955-61
    1. 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion (3e BEP), 1949-55
    2. BEPs’ Depot, 1954
  8. 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1er REP), 1955-61
    1. 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1er BEP), 1948-55
  9. Foreign Regiments Disciplinary Company (CDRE), 1955-63
  10. Foreign Legion Training Group (GILE, see 4e RE), 1955-77
  11. Foreign Legion Task Force 2 (BM2LE), 1955
  12. Foreign Legion Task Force 1 (BM1LE), 1955
  13. Demi-Battalion A, 1er RE (DB A/1RE), 1954
  14. 3rd Task Force, 1er RE (3e BM/1RE), 1954
  15. 2nd Task Force, 1er RE (2e BM/1RE), 1954
  16. 1st Task Force, 1er RE (1er BM/1RE), 1954

 
 

Former Foreign Legion units: Africa 1945 – 1954

The former units (re-)activated in 1945-54 to serve in (North) Africa and having already been disbanded now.
 

  1. Foreign Legion Autonomous Group (GALE), 1950-55
    1. 1st Foreign Infantry Regiment (1er REI, future 1er RE), 1950-55
    2. Foreign Legion Depot (DCLE), 1950-55
    3. Foreign Legion Work & Moral Service (SMOLE), 1950-65
    4. Foreign Legion Information Service (SILE), 1950-??
    5. Foreign Legion Inspection (ILE), 1948-50
  2. 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment (6e REI), 1949-55
    1. 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment (6e REI), 1939-41
  3. Foreign Legion Units of Madagascar (GULEM), 1949-52
    1. 4th Battalion, 4e REI (ex-4e DBLE Task Force, BM/4), 1947-52
    2. Armored Jeeps Squadron, 2e REC (EJB/2REC), 1949-52
    3. 1st Legion Engineer Company (1re CGL), 1949-52
  4. 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion (3e BEP, future 3e REP), 1948-55
  5. 3rd Legion Saharan Motorized Company (3e CSPL), 1949-63
  6. 4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e REI), 1948-64
    1. 4th Foreign Legion Half-Brigade (4e DBLE, ex-4e DBLEM), 1946-48
    2. Mounted Company (CM, the last mounted company of the French Army), 1908-49
  7. Foreign Legion Repair Platoons (PRLE 1,2,3,4), 1948-55
  8. Foreign Legion Moroccan Motorized Group (GPLEM), 1947-56
    1. 2nd Motorized Companies Group (2e GCP, ex-GPLEM), 1956-58
    2. Foreign Legion Moroccan Motorized Companies Group (GCPLEM), 1946-47
    3. Mounted and Motorized Companies Group (GCMP), 1944-46
  9. 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment (2e REC), 1946-62
    1. 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment (2e REC), 1939-40
    2. Arzew Amphibious Squadron (EAA), 195?-59
    3. Motorized Squadrons Group (GEP), 1955-56
  10. 2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company (2e CSPL), 1946-63
  11. 1st Legion Saharan Motorized Company (1re CSPL), 1946-60
    1. Legion Saharan Motorized Company (CSPL), 1940-46
    2. 1st Legion Saharan Motorized Squadron (1er ESPL), 1961-63

 
 

Former Foreign Legion units: Indochina 1945 – 1954

The former units (re-)activated in 1945-54 to serve in French Indochina and having already been disbanded now.
 

  1. Provisional Foreign Parachute Battalion (BMEP, see Battle of DBP), 1954
    1. 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1er BEP, future 1er REP), 1948-55
    2. 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2e BEP, future 2e REP), 1948-55
  2. 1st Heavy Mortar Foreign Parachute Company (1re CEPML), 1953-54
  3. 1st Foreign Legion Mortar Mixed Company (1re CMMLE), 1953-54
    1. 1st Foreign Legion Heavy Mortar Mixed Company (1re CMMLLE), 1953
    2. Foreign Legion Heavy Mortar Company (CMMLE), 1953
  4. 2nd Foreign Legion Mortar Mixed Company (2e CMMLE), 1953-54
    1. Foreign Legion Mortar Company (CMLE), 1952-53
  5. 2nd Amphibious Group (2e GA, see 1er REC), 1953-55
    1. 2nd Autonomous Group (2e GA), 1951-53
    2. Motorized Squadrons Group (GEP, see 2e REC), 1955-56
  6. 1st Amphibious Group (1er GA, see 1er REC), 1953-55
    1. 1st Autonomous Group (1er GA), 1951-53
  7. Foreign Airdrop Company (CERA), 1951
  8. 1st Task Force, 1er REI (1er BM/1, see 3e REI), 1950-51
  9. 5th Foreign Infantry Regiment (5e REI, see 5e RE), 1949-63
    1. 5th Foreign Infantry Regiment (5e REI), 1930-45
    2. Provisional Battalion, 5e REI (BM5), 1945-46
  10. Armored Train of 2e REI (TB, see 2e REI), 1948-54
  11. 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2e BEP, future 2e REP), 1948-55
    1. 2nd Foreign Legion Indochinese Parachute Company (2e CIPLE), 1951-53
  12. 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1er BEP, future 1er REP), 1948-55
    1. Foreign Legion Indochinese Parachute Company (CIPLE), 1951-53
  13. Parachute Company of 3e REI (CP/3), 1948-49
  14. Foreign Legion Transit Company of Saigon (CPLE), 1947-55
  15. Far East Foreign Regiments Disciplinary Company (CDRE/EO, see 2e REI), 1946-54
  16. Provisional Battalion of 5e REI (BM5, see 5e RE), 1945-46
  17. Far East Regimental Combat Team (RMLE/EO, future 2e REI), 1945

 

Engineering units in Indochina 1945 – 1954

  1. 26th Engineer Battalion (26e BG), 1952-55
    1. 16th Engineer Maintenance Company (16e CEG), 1945-52
  2. 22nd Engineer Battalion (22e BG), 1952-55
    1. 15th Engineer Maintenance Company (15e CEG), 1947-52
  3. 39th Riverine Craft Engineer Company (39e CEFG), 1951-55
    1. 39th Engineer Transportation Company (39e CTG), 1955
  4. 76th Engineer-Legion Battalion (76e BGL), 1951-55
    1. 1st Company, 76e BGL (76/1), 1951-55
    2. 2nd Company, 76e BGL (76/2), 1951-55
    3. 3rd Company, 76e BGL (76/3), 1951-55
  5. 74th Engineer Battalion (74e BG), 1951-52
    1. 2nd Company, 74e BG (74/2), 1951-52
  6. 73rd Engineer Battalion (73e BG), 1949-55
    1. 21st Company, 73e BG (73/21), 1949-55
  7. 72nd Engineer Battalion (72e BG), 1949-55
    1. 21st Company, 72e BG (72/21), 1949-55
  8. 61st Engineer Battalion (61e BG), 1949-55
    1. 21st Company, 61e BG (61/21), 1949-55
  9. 71st Engineer Battalion (71e BG, ex-71e BGC), 1947-55
    1. 21st Company, 71e BG (71/21), 1949-55
    2. 4th Armored Boat Company (4e CBB), 1947-55
  10. 15th Engineer Maintenance Company (15e CEG), 1947-52
    1. 22nd Engineer Battalion (22e BG), 1952-55
    2. 42nd Engineer Depot Company (42e CEG), 1945-47
  11. 38th Dump Truck Company (38e CCB), 1947-55
    1. 1st Bridge Equipment Company (1re CEP), 1945-47
  12. 16th Engineer Maintenance Company (16e CEG), 1945-52
    1. 26th Engineer Battalion (26e BG), 1952-55
  13. 40th Dump Truck Company (40e CCB), 1945-55
    1. Folding Boat Platoon (SBP), 1948-19??
    2. 36th Dump Truck Company (36e CCB), 1945
    3. 5th Light Equipment Company (5e CLE), 1945
  14. 1st Engineer HQ & Services Company (1re CEMSG), 1946-48
    1. Combat Engineer Group HQ Company (CCGCG), 1945-46
    2. 1st Legion Engineer Training & Services Company (1re CISGL), 1948-50
    3. Folding Boat Platoon (SBP), 1945-48
    4. Heavy Equipment Platoon (PEM), 1945-47
    5. Armored Boat Platoon (SBB), 1947
  15. Combat Engineer Group HQ Company (CCGCG, future 1re CEMSG), 1945-46
    1. 42nd Engineer Depot Company (42e CEG, future 15e CEG), 1945-47
    2. 16th Engineer Maintenance Company (16e CEG), 1945-52
    3. 1st Bridge Equipment Company (1re CEP, future 38e CCB), 1945-47
    4. 40th Dump Truck Company (40e CCB), 1945-55
    5. 36th Dump Truck Company (36e CCB, see 40e CCB), 1945
    6. 5th Light Equipment Company (5e CLE, see 40e CCB), 1945
    7. 2nd Water Supply Company (2e CRE), 1945

 

Repair units in Indochina 1945 – 1954

  1. 2nd Foreign Legion Armored Vehicles Repair Company (2e CREBLE), 1951-55
  2. 5th Foreign Legion Medium Repair Company (5e CMRLE), 1951-55
  3. 4th Foreign Legion Medium Repair Company (4e CMRLE), 1951-55
    1. 4th Foreign Legion Repair Company (4e CRLE), 1949-51
  4. 3rd Foreign Legion Medium Repair Company (3e CMRLE), 1951-55
    1. 3rd Foreign Legion Repair Company (3e CRLE), 1949-51
    2. 65th Foreign Legion Automobile Repair Company (65e CRALE), 1947-49
    3. 65th Regimental Repair Company (65e CRR), 1946-47
  5. 2nd Foreign Legion Medium Repair Company (2e CMRLE), 1951-55
    1. 2nd Foreign Legion Repair Company (2e CRLE), 1949-51
    2. 65th Foreign Legion Automobile Repair Company (64e CRALE), 1947-49
    3. 64th Automobile Repair Company (64e CRA), 1945-47
  6. 1st Foreign Legion Medium Repair Company (1re CMRLE), 1951-56
    1. 1st Foreign Legion Repair Company (1re CRLE), 1949-51
    2. 1st Materiel Service Worker Battalion (1er BOSM), 1947-51
    3. 723rd Foreign Legion Automobile Repair Company (723e CRALE), 1946-49

 

Transportation units in Indochina 1945 – 1954

  1. 2nd Transportation & Headquarters Company (2e CTQG), 1951-54
  2. 1st Transportation & Headquarters Company (1re CTQG), 1951-54
  3. Foreign Legion Transportation Company 3/516 (CTLE 3/516), 1950-53
    1. Foreign Legion Transportation Company 2/503 (CTLE 2/503), 1949
    2. Legionnaire Transportation Company 2/503 (CLT 2/503), 1949
  4. Foreign Legion Transportation Company 2/519 (CTLE 2/519), 1949-53
    1. Legionnaire Transportation Company 2/519 (CLT 2/519), 1949
    2. 2nd Foreign Legion Transportation Company (2e CTLE), 1949

 
 

 

The page was updated on: January 13, 2019

 

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