2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company

The 2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company (2e CSPL) was a self-governing, autonomous Saharan motorized infantry unit of the French Foreign Legion. The 2e CSPL was constituted in France’s North Africa after WWII, in 1946. Its mission was to maintain French presence in the region. The company served in Algeria between 1946 and 1963. Since the mid-1950s, the unit had participated in the Algerian War. After the war was over, in 1962, France started to reduce its forces there. The 2e CSPL was disbanded in 1963.

2e Compagnie Saharienne Portée de Légion - 2 CSPL - 2e CSPL - 2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company's History

 

Before the creation of 2e CSPL

In May 1945, when the Second World War in Europe was over, rebellions started in Algeria, a country situated in North Africa. Then Algeria, home to the French Foreign Legion since 1832, had been considered as an integral part of France since the mid-19th century. However, the world war undermined the authority of the French in the eyes of the local population and some of the most radical elements started to call for an Algerian independence.

To restore and maintain order in this large and important part of the French empire, the government in Paris decided to reinforce French forces in Algeria. At the same time when the first Foreign Legion units landed in French Indochina, an old Saharan motorized company of legionnaires devided into two new companies.

 

2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company: 1946-54

2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company
2e Compagnie Saharienne Portée de la Légion (2e CSPL)

2e CSPL was established on April 1, 1946
– the unit was organized in Ain Sefra
– a garrison town in western Algeria
– then home to the CSPL (Saharan Motorized Company)
– the unit was split in two new units
1re CSPL would stay in Ain Sefra
– 2e CSPL would be stationed at Ouargla
– a town located 370 miles (600 km) east of Ain Sefra

Captain Bernard took command

– 2e CSPL consisted of 2 officers + 15 NCOs + 160 legionnaires

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1946

– in late April, the company left Ain Sefra
– April 28, 2e CSPL arrived at Ouargla
– the unit was stationed at Bordj Chandez
– then an abandoned French military post
– situated some 12 miles (20km) west of the town
– the post was a former base of the 1st Mixed Company, 1er REI (now 1er RE)
– the 1er REI’s mixed company left the post in 1943

– 2e CSPL would be occupied by works to restore the post
– the works took one year

– July, first vehicles
– that summer, all French Saharan units were equipped
– they received in Marseille their vehicles
Latil M7 T1 4×4 trucks
– French vehicles made for German soldiers during WWII

– in summer, the first mission for 2e CSPL
– in the Batna region, northern Algeria

– December, a fanion of 1re CMA obtained
– 1re CMA (Algerian Mounted Company) was a Foreign Legion unit
– it served in Algeria between 1913-39
– considered as a traditional unit of all Legion mounted companies
– units having served in Algeria since the 1880s
– 2e CSPL was named as the successor to the 1re CMA
– because of that, the unit would guard the 1re CMA’s fanion

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1947

– 2e CSPL’s composition in early 1947:

  • Command – Captain Bernard
  • 1st Platoon – Lieutenant Bouyssou
  • 2nd Platoon – Second Lieutenant Le Rouvreur
  • 3rd Platoon – Second Lieutenant Pinter

 

– January-March, road markers erecting mission in Libya
– an important three-month mission
– to erect road markers and signs between Ouargla and Sebha
– the capital of the French-governed region of Fezzan in southeastern Libya
– the Fezzan region governed by France (1943-51) borders Algeria to the west
– a large desert area of sand dunes
– 2nd Platoon, 2e CSPL carried out the mission
– in 84 days, 2e CSPL men did 2,500 miles (4,000 km)

– April, a mission in the Sahara of Algeria
– 1st Platoon, 2e CSPL carried out the mission
– the mission took place bewtween Ouargla and El Golea
– located some 190 miles (300 km) south-west of Ouargla

– at the time, the company had already have some GMC trucks

– May, Bordj Chandez of the 2e CSPL was finally restored

– November, a criminal act within the company
– a legionnaire was found murdered inside the post
– a sergeant was accused during the following investigation

– in mid-December, first element to Laghouat
– the company’s future garrison town in central Algeria
– located some 190 miles (300 km) north-west of Ouargla

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1948

– in late March, 2e CSPL left Ouargla
– the company left their Bordj Chandez of Ouargla
– to be based at Laghouat
– at Quartier Marguerite, a French military barracks

– that year, 2e CSPL was equipped with new vehicles
– Dodges 4×4 (Command Car + Radio Car) + several Dodges 6×6

– November, a month-long Saharan mission
– Captain + a small detachment led by Lieutenant Debelle
– to accompany the commander of French sappers/engineers in Algeria
– they travelled as far as French Sudan (today’s Mali and Niger)
– some 1,000 miles (1,600 km) south of Laghouat
– across El Golea, In Salah, Tamanrasset and the Hoggar Mountains

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1949

– that year, Saharan uniform adopted
– in 1949, 2e CSPL men adopted their own Saharan parade uniform
– a long-sleeve white shirt + black seroual trousers
seroual (also sirwal) are a form of baggy trousers
– typically worn in Muslim countries
– also in France’s North African regiments in 1830-1962
– the uniform was nicknamed Penguin by 2e CSPL legionnaires
– long-sleeve white shirts were replaced by the short-sleeve ones in 1957

– February, sports challenges in Ain Sefra
– 2e CSPL faced 1re CSPL

– March, military maneuvers in the El Golea region
– alongside 1re CSPL

– June, deployment to Libya
– that month, military deployment for 2e CSPL
– a task force comprising two platoons
– led by Lieutenant Godinot, then deputy commander
– the Saharan legionnaires deployed to Libya
– to the Fezzan region to reinforce 3e CSPL
– 3e CSPL was attacked by local rebels at Sebha in mid-June
– 2e CSPL men were stationed at Brak in the Shatii valley
– situated some 45 miles (70 km) north of Sebha
– home to the rebels
– 2e CSPL men stayed in Libya for several months
– the rebellion was calmed down

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1950-52

for this period, there aren’t any documents in archives officially

1950:
– March, Lieutenant Louis Godinot took command temporarily
– Captain Bernard left the company

– August, Captain Gallouet took command

1951:
– April, a mission in the Grand Erg Occidental
– Western Sand Sea in English
– the second largest erg in northern Algeria
– situated south-west of Laghouat
– approximately 30,000 square miles (78,000 km2) of sand dunes
– Captain Gallouet + 25 legionnaires took part
– Dodge 4×4 + three Dodges 6×6
– for the legionnaires, an appreciated mission
– they spent two weeks in the sand dunes

1952:
Captain Berthez took command

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1953

– in May 1953, a road construction at In Salah
– a small town deep in the Sahara of Algeria
– situated some 450 miles (700 km) south of Laghouat
– a large 2e CSPL detachment participated
– 9 NCOs + 107 legionnaires
– led by Second Lieutenant Nouvel de La Fleche

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1954

– in early 1954, 2e CSPL was composed of 200 men in total
– 5 officers + 34 NCOs + 161 legionnaires

– during Camerone Day (April 30), clashes in the town
– between legionnaires (having free time) and local Arabs
– they continued the next day too
– the police of Laghouat had to intervene
– Camerone Day is the Foreign Legion most important holiday
– to commemorate the 1863 Battle of Camerone

– June-December, deployment to Tunisia
– June 13, 2e CSPL deployed to Tunisia
– a country bordering Algeria to the east
– a French protectorate at the time
– with growing rebel activities
– it was seen as the first stage of the future Algerian War (1954-62)
– 2e CSPL participated in patrols and military operations
– in the regions of Tabarka, Kef or Gafsa
– across the whole country
– often alongside their comrades from 6e REI
– the only Foreign Legion unit stationed in Tunisia at the time

– in late August, a skirmish with rebels
– the very first documented action for 2e CSPL legionnaires in North Africa
– it took place close to Gafsa, central Tunisia
– 2 rebels were killed

– September 24, a military operation
– at Djebel Miloussi and Djebel Hedma
– in the Gafsa region
– 2e CSPL legionnaires took part
– 32 rebels were killed + 6 rebels imprisoned

– October-November, operations along the Algeria-Tunisia border
– 2e CSPL participated
– alongside two 6e REI companies + BM3 (Task Force 3) from 1er RE

– October 3, a skirmish at Redeyef
– in the Gafsa region
– 2 rebels were killed
– 2 legionnaires were wounded

– October 9, First man killed in action
– that day, the first man of 2e CSPL was killed in action
– Senior Corporal Jackson
– during a skirmish at Tarzena
– 2 legionnaires were wounded

The only officer of 2e CSPL killed in action
– November 18, a skirmish with local rebels in central Tunisia
– at Djebel Atra, in the Gafsa region
– 2e CSPL were involved
– 7 rebels were killed
– however, 2nd Platoon lost their platoon leader
Lieutenant Jean Touya
– he became the only officer of the company killed in action
– 2 legionnaires were also killed

– December 11, 2e CSPL left Tunisia

 
Algerian War started
– in late 1954, the rebellions also affected Algeria
– in November, first armed attacks aimed at French soldiers
– later in 1955, these actions escalated into a regular war

 

2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - insignia - insigne - Foreign Legion Etrangere - Saharan Company - Compagnie Saharienne
The insignia of 2e CSPL created in 1952. It has a shape of the Agadez Cross of Tuaregs, used by France’s Saharan units. The insignia bears the Legion’s seven-flame grenade made in the Legion’s green & red colors. The grenade is placed on a white five-pointed star. Even if famous Legion historian Tibor Szecsko in his great book about Legion badges stated that the star symbolizes Saharan motorized units, it’s a mistake. The star represents Algerian Mounted Company (CMA, 1913-39), which the 2e CSPL proudly claimed as its predecessor and guarded its fanion since late 1946.
2 CSPL - Saharan Company - Compagnie Saharienne - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1946-54
2e CSPL between 1946-54. In 1946, the 2e CSPL company was organized in Ain Sefra. Three weeks later it moved to Ouargla to be stationed there for next two years. In 1947, a 2e CSPL platoon spent three months by erecting the markers on the desert road between Ouargla and Sebha, the capital of Libya’s Fezzan region, governed by France at the time. In 1948, the company was stationed at Laghouat. Later that year, a detachment travelled as far as French Sudan (today’s Mali and Niger), via Tamanrasset. In mid-1949, the company moved to Libya for several months, to maintain order in the Brak sector. In 1953, over 100 legionnaires of the unit were involved in a road construction at In Salah, in the Sahara. The whole company would finally take part in military operations, when being deployed to Tunisia in 1954, mainly in the Gafsa region.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Quartier Marquerite - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1950s
Quartier Marquerite, Laghouat. Home to the 2e CSPL in Algeria since 1948 until 1963.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Quartier Marquerite - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1950s
Quartier Marquerite, Laghouat in the 1950s.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Quartier Marquerite - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1953
2e CSPL legionnaires parade inside their Quartier Marquerite in Laghouat, 1953. They wear their Saharan parade uniform (nicknamed Penguin). It consisted of a white shirt, still long-sleeve at the time, and a black seroual baggy trousers.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Biskra region - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1954
Dodges of the 2e CSPL in Algeria in late 1954, after having returned from Tunisia. During six months in Tunisia, 2e CSPL men conducted their first military operations in North Africa, on the eve of the Algerian War.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Biskra region - Algeria - Djellaba - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1954
2e CSPL legionnaires during an operation in the Biskra region of northeastern Algeria in late 1954. They wear Djellaba (also called Cachabia), a long, hooded traditional Berber wool robe worn by legionnaires during cold times and during maneuvers/operations in the desert regions of North Africa since the early 1950s until the early 1960s.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Tunisia - rebel flag - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1954
A flag of Tunisian rebels captured by legionnaires of the 2e CSPL in Tunisia in 1954.

 

2nd Legion Saharan Motorized Company: 1954-63

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1955

– back in Algeria, 2e CSPL became an operational unit
– because of the beginning Algerian War
– the men operated in the Laghouat and Messaad regions

– 2e CSPL’s main tasks in Algeria were:

  • to patrol and maintain order in the region
  • to maintain French presence in the region
  • to conduct military operations
  • to scour rebel groups
  • to collect information about rebel activities
  • to operate road checkpoints
  • to protect French supply convoys
  • to accompany and guard French military and civil officials

 
– July, Lieutenant Joseph Plantevin took command
– he joined the Legion as a young officer in April 1947
– he served with 1er RE in Algeria and GPLEM in Morocco
– in Indochina, he served with 723e CRALE (future 1re CMRLE) and the 13e DBLE
– Lieutenant Plantevin would be promoted to Captain in October

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1956

– April, operations around Amoura
– a town north-east of Laghouat

2e CSPL moved to Messaad
– June 19, the company moved to Messaad
– a town some 50 miles (75 km) north-east of Laghouat
– to build their Forward operating base there
– the base would be finished in early 1957
– the company’s rear base remained in Laghouat

– at the time, 2e CSPL had already have an Machine Gun Platoon
– consisting of AMM8 (M8 Greyhound) armored cars
– led by Lieutenant Stepanovich

– November 7-8, a large military operation
– at Djebel Boubail
– between Djelfa et Ouled Djellal, north-east of Messaad
– 2e CSPL participated
Ziane Achour was killed by them during the operation
– an important rebel General
– however, Sergeant Leiva was also killed

Harkis
– at the time, some local auxiliaries served with 2e CSPL
– called Harki (or Harka)
– a platoon of about 20 men (2e CSPL)
– pro-French muslims, ex-rebels in the vast majority
– in the late 1950s, almost every Legion operational unit had own Harkis
– this model was adopted in Indochina
Harkis were led by a Legion (Senior) Corporal or a Sergeant
– within 2e CSPL, the first harkis were led by Adjudant Amatore

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1957

– in mid-January, an operation near Djebel Sefra
– north-east of Messaad
– 3 rebels were killed + 2 rebels imprisoned

– February 4, clashes at Oued Ourfiane
– in the Messaad region
– two Foreign Legion units were involved
– 2e CSPL + 1er REC
– 20 rebels were killed

– April, 2e CSPL left Messaad
– to be replaced there by 3e CSPL having arrived from Libya
– 2e CSPL would move to Ghardaia
– some 110 miles (180 km) south of Laghouat
Ghardaia became their new forwarding base

– May 22-23, clashes with rebels
– near Kef Mimouna and Hassi Larzeg, west of Laghouat
– 45 rebels were killed + 10 rebels imprisoned
– 4 legionnaires were also killed

– since June, maintaing order in Ghardaria

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1958

– February, a two-week operation around Kef Mimouna
– 2e CSPL alongside 3e CSPL

– in late February, 2e CSPL returned to Laghouat

– May 1, a skirmish with rebels at Ksar El Hirane
– a village east of Laghouat
– home to a detachment of 3e CSPL
– 2e CSPL supported their comrades
Si Larbi (a local rebel leader) was captured
– 29 rebels were killed
– 2e CSPL had 2 legionnaires being killed

– August, census of Nomad people in the region
– registration of nomadic persons
– in the assigned sectors
– the legionnaires had to take photos and personal info of every person

– October, Captain François Le Berre took command

– in early November, a two-week operation
– in the Tadjemout sector, west of Laghouat
– over 100 rebel suspects arrested

– December, new operations in the Tadjemout sector
– west of Laghouat
– to search rebels and rebel suspects

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1959

– that year, mainly controls of nomads and searching of rebel suspects
– also patrols and protecting medical staff helping the local population

– May 29, a battle with rebels
– in the Aflou sector, north-west of Laghouat
– 15 rebels were killed or imprisoned

– in early October, an operation at Djebel Milok
– north of Laghouat
– Adjudant Keller was killed

 

2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Captain Plantevin - Operation - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1956
Captain Joseph Plantevin (left), his radio operator and 2e CSPL legionnaires during an operation in the Laghouat region, 1956.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Dodge - Camerone - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1957
A Dodge WC 6×6 of the 2e CSPL in Laghouat during 1957 Camerone Day (April 30), to commemorates the famous Battle of Camerone. Note the ♠ (Spade) playing card symbol signifying one of the four Dodge platoons. These symbols were commonly in use in the 1950s and the early 1960s within Legion motorized cavalry units.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Piasecki H-21 - Banana - Operation - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1957
2e CSPL men spill out of a Piasecki H-21 in the Laghouat region, 1957. These helicopters (nicknamed Banana) became very useful during operations in large, mountainous areas of northern Algeria.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Captain Plantevin - Laghouat - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1958
Captain Plantevin reviews his 2e CSPL legionnaires for the last time, before leaving the company, October 1958. Note their already short-sleeve shirts.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Dodge - Operation - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1959
Dodges of the 2e CSPL during an operation in Algeria, 1959.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Fanion Guard - Captain Le Berre - Camerone - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1959
The 2e CSPL’s Fanion guard and Captain Le Berre (right, bearded) on a 1959 Kepi blanc magazine cover. While fanion guards of the 1st and 3rd CSPLs used sabres like other cavalry units, the 2e CSPL fanion guard used rifles during parades. Also note the company’s traditional Saharan parade uniform, nicknamed Penguin. It consisted of white short-sleeve shirt, black seroual trousers (since 1957, the only CSPL to wear black seroual), V-shaped red leather bandoliers Model Sahara 1935. A beige/blue burnous cloak and sandals complement the uniform.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Legionnaires - Saharan uniform - Camerone - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1959
1959 Camerone Day in Laghouat, 1959. A nice photo of 2e CSPL legionnaires in the town during the holiday. Note the black seroual trousers with prescribed 32 creases.

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1960

– February 17, an operation at Djebel Oum Deloua
– west of Laghouat
– 2e CSPL alongside 1re CSPL + 3e CSPL
– 8 rebels were killed

– May 8, an operation at Oued Empires
– in the Laghouat region
– 7 rebels were killed
– a legionnaire was also killed

– June 25, an operation in the Laghouat region
– 5 rebels were killed

– December, Captain Paul Lardry took command
– born in 1928, he joined the Foreign Legion as an officer in 1951
– he served with 2nd Battalion, 13e DBLE in Indochina in the 1950s
– then with 4e REI in Morocco
– in 1974-76, Lt Colonel Lardry would command 13e DBLE
– General Lardry would command the Foreign Legion in 1980-82
– General Paul Lardry died in 2012

– at the time, 2e CSPL consisted of around 250 men
– a harka of about 20 men was assigned to the company

– 2e CSPL’s composition in late 1960:

  • HQ Platoon
  • 1st Platoon
  • 2nd Platoon
  • 3rd Platoon
  • Armored Platoon
  • Maintenance Platoon

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1961

– 2e CSPL’s main tasks in 1961 were:

  • to patrol and maintain order in the region
  • to maintain French presence in the region
  • to conduct military operations
  • to scour rebel groups
  • to collect information about rebel activities
  • to open/repair roads blocked or damaged by rebels
  • to protect sensitive buildings, areas
  • to relocate nomadic tribes
  • to accompany and guard French military and civil officials

 

– February 1-2, clashes with rebels
– at Djebel Sefra, north-east of Messaad
– alongside 2e REC + French troops
– 5 rebels were killed + 2 rebels imprisoned
– 3 legionnaires were also killed
– Lieutenant Mouraud + 8 legionnaires were wounded

– April 7, a skirmish with rebels
– 3 rebels were killed

– in mid-1961, 2e CSPL set a new record
– they passed 1,250 miles (2,000 km) through the Sahara in 68 hours

– July 20, another skirmish with rebels
– a legionnaire was killed + 2 legionnaires were wounded

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1962

– January 10-12, a military operation
– close to Sidi Bou Zid, north-west of Laghouat
– 6 rebels were imprisoned
– several rebel hideouts were discovered
– more then 4 tons of supplies were captured
– one of the last military operations for 2e CSPL

Algerian War ended
– March 19, an official ceasefire came into force
– a result of the Évian Accords treaty (signed on March 18)
– however, military operations in Algeria would be conducted until September
– the end of the war would result in Algerian independence
– also in France’s withdrawal from North Africa
– the Foreign Legion’s HQ had to leave its homeland, Algeria
– it would move to France, after 130 years spent there

– Independence of Algeria
– July 5, Algeria gained its independence

– after the independence, the unit’s missions changed
– maintaining, cleaning and repairing of materiel
– also tours between different French (mainly Legion) outposts
– to keeping connections
– besides, sports activities and training

 

2e CSPL in Algeria: 1963

– January, Captain Raymond Bonnet took command
– the last commander of the company

– 2e CSPL was still based in Laghouat
– a rotating platoon stationed at Tilrempt
– a village with an airfield between Laghouat and Ghardaia
– the gate to Hassi R’Mel gas field, the largest gas field in Algeria
– the platoon patrolled the sector and guarded the gas field

– March 31, 2e CSPL’s dissolution
– that day, 2e CSPL was disbanded
– the whole company would join 4e REI
– to become the 1st Motorized Company, 4e REI (1re CP) since April 1

– however, the company would not survive more than a year
– in April 1964, the regiment (including the ex-2e CSPL) was disbanded

 

2 CSPL - Saharan Company - Compagnie Saharienne - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1955-63
2e CSPL between 1955-63. In 1955-63, the long travels across North Africa ended. The 2e CSPL company operated only between Laghouat, Messaad and Ghardaia.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Captain Le Berre - Operation - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1960
Captain Le Berre (left, sitting) and his 2e CSPL men during an operation in the Laghouat region, in mid-February 1960. That day, a rebel group and their leader Bougrine were killed. Note that the men still wear their khaki-covered kepis, instead of green berets prescribed as a regular headgear for legionnaires on operation since late 1959.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - El Haouita - Dodge - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1961
El Haouita. The elementary school in this village was (re-)built by 2e CSPL legionnaires in 1961. Since the late 1950s, the village was “adpoted” by the company. Led by a former pro-French muslim auxiliary (known as harki or harka), the village cooperated with legionnaires to avoid rebels from using it as their supply base.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Captain Lardry - Laghouat - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1958
Captain Paul Lardry with his 2e CSPL legionnaires inside their barracks in Laghouat, in the early 1960s. He led the company in 1960-63. Later, General Lardry would command the whole Foreign Legion (1980-82).
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Dodge - Operation - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1961
A Dodge of the 2e CSPL during an operation in the Saharan Desert of Algeria, 1961.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Am M8 Greyhound - Patrol - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1962
The 2e CSPL’s AMM8 (Greyhound) armored cars on patrol in Algeria, April 1962, shortly after the Algeria War was over.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Fanion Guard - Captain Le Berre - Camerone - Laghouat - Algeria - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1959
The 2e CSPL’s Fanion guard on a 1962 Kepi blanc magazine cover, when marching inside their barracks in Laghouat. Note the big 2e CSPL insignia on the wall.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Captain Bonnet - Laghouat - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1963
Captain Raymond Bonnet while taking command of the 2e CSPL at an old airfield of Laghouat, early January 1963.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Captain Bonnet - Laghouat - Foreign Legion Etrangere - 1963
2e CSPL’s dissolution, March 31, 1963. Captain Bonnet (left, saluting) is to receive the insignia of the 4e REI. On April 1, his company would become the 1st Motorized Company of the regiment.
2e CSPL - 2 CSPL - Fanion - Foreign Legion Etrangere
The Fanion of the 2e CSPL.

 

Images & information main sources:
Képi blanc magazines
Foreign Legion bulletins
Jean Paul Mahuault: Legionnaires Sahariens (L’esprit du Livre, 2011)
Insignes Legion
Vert et Rouge

 

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Foreign Legion’s other disbanded motorized units:
1st Legion Saharan Motorized Company
3rd Legion Saharan Motorized Company
4th Legion Saharan Motorized Company
Foreign Legion Moroccan Motorized Group
Foreign Legion Algerian Motorized Group

Foreign Legion disbanded regiments:
1st Foreign Parachute Regiment
3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment
2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment
4th Foreign Infantry Regiment
5th Foreign Regiment
6th Foreign Infantry Regiment

 

The page was updated on: April 8, 2019

 

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