2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment

2e REI insignia2e Régiment Etranger d’Infanterie, 2e REI. The second oldest regiment of the French Foreign Legion. It is also its longest-serving and the largest regiment. The 2e REI is well-known as the first French regiment to use mounted companies (the companies composed of mules) in North Africa. Today, the 2e REI is a modern motorized infantry unit, having been stationed at Caserne Colonel de Chabrières of Nimes (southern France), since the unit moved from Corsica in November 1983.

The unit inherited the lineage of the 2nd Foreign Legion Regiment (2e Régiment de la Légion Étrangère, 2e RLE), established in Algeria in April 1841. In 1856, the 2e RLE was reorganized and became the 2nd Foreign Regiment (2e Régiment Etranger, 2e RE). The unit designation was changed to 2e REI in 1922.

The 2e REI was deactivated during WWII (between 1943-45) and once again in January 1968, after leaving Africa for France. It was reactivated in 1972 as the 2e RE at Bonifacio, Corsica. In 1980, the regiment changed its title and became the 2e REI again. In 1983, after a military operation in Lebanon, 2e REI left Corsica and moved to Nimes, France.

The 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment served in Algeria, Crimea, Italy, Mexico, French Indochina, Madagascar or Morocco.

 

History of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment

See the history of 2e REI during the 1841-2016 period. Well-ordered data, including dozens of pictures from all periods. From Pacification of Algeria until now:
History of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment

2e Régiment Etranger d’Infanterie - 2 REI - 2REI - 2eme REI - History

 

Current structure of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment

The regiment is devided (in 2017) into 7 companies (including 5 combat companies) and consists of approximately 1335 men. A reserve company comprising some 100 non-Legion reservists is also assigned to the 2e REI.

The 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment is the oldest infantry regiment within the Foreign Legion. The unit is assigned to the 6th Light Armored Brigade, together with 1er REC, 1er REG and 13e DBLE. The 2e REI has been fully equipped with modern equipment (FELIN system, VBCI vehicles…).

  • HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Logistique, CCL)
  • 1st Company (1re Compagnie, 1re CIE)
  • 2nd Company (2e Compagnie, 2e CIE)
  • 3rd Company (3e Compagnie, 3e CIE)
  • 4th Company (4e Compagnie , 4e CIE)
  • 5th Company (5e Compagnie , 5e CIE)
  • Military Support Company (Compagnie d’Appui, CA)
    • Anti-Tank Platoon (Section Anti-Char, SAC)
    • Direct Military Support Platoon (Section d’Appui Direct, SAD)
    • Snipers Platoon (Section Tireurs d’Elite, STE)
    • Landing Support Platoon (Section Aide à l’Engagement Débarqué, SAED)
  • 8th Reserve Company (8e Compagnie de Réserve, 8e CIE)

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment promotion

 

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s official website: 2e Régiment Étranger d’Infanterie

 

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s current news

See the news and updates from the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) posted on our website:
2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s latest news

 

2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s regimental song

The regimental song of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI):
Anne-Marie du 2e REI

 

Location of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment

 

 

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