2nd Transportation & Headquarters Company

The 2nd Transportation & Headquarters Company (2e CTQG) was a military logistics mixed unit with the 2nd Tonkinese Division, established in then French Indochina in 1951. An important part of its personnel were legionnaires. The primary mission of this company was to provide support to the Division’s headquarters and transport troops and material by truck during the First Indochina War (1946-54). The 2e CTQG was inactivated in 1954.

Foreign Legion Transportation Companies in French Indochina 1946-54


2nd Transportation & Headquarters Company

1st Transportation Company, 516th Transportation Group (CT 1/516)
– a French Army logistics support unit
– stationed in then French Indochina (Southeast Asia)
– in January, it left the 516th Group
– the company moved to Hai Duong, Tonkin (then title for Northern Vietnam)
– in Hai Duong, it was reinforced by an important number of legionnaires
– thereafter, the company was reorganized and redesignated
– it became a logistics support mixed unit

2nd Transportation & Headquarters Company
2e Compagnie de Transport et de Quartier Général (2e CTQG)

2e CTQG was established on February 16, 1951
– ex-1st Transportation Company, 516th Group
– a logistics support mixed unit
– it was placed at Hai Duong, Tonkin
– 2e CTQG had to support French troops during the ongoing First Indochina War (1946-54)
– a conflict between the French and the Viet Minh
– Viet Minh was an independence movement of Ho Chi Minh

– 2e CTQG had the same structure as the 1re CTQG
– it was comprised of five platoons:

  • HQ Platoon
  • Quartermaster Platoon
  • Traffic Control Platoon
  • 2x Transportation Platoon

– as a mixed unit, 2e CTQG consisted of legionnaires + French supply train elements + French Colonial Troops elements
– the company was assigned to the 2nd Provisional Tonkinese Division (2e DMT)
– 2e DMT was created also in 1951 and garrisoned at Hai Duong
– 2e CTQG served as the division’s transportation and quartermaster unit
– its operational area was mainly the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam

Captain Pierre Melcion took command

1951 – 1953:
– 2e CTQG provided transportation and supplying of operational units
– it transported troops, material, ammunition, food, mails etc
– it supported troops during military operations
– it also supplied isolated outposts, mainly that of the Legion
– the unit also provided maintenance services to the division’s HQ

– in March 1952, Captain Melcion died of illness

First Indochina War ended
– in August 1954, the war in Indochina ended
– the same month, 1re CTQG + 2e CTQG left Tonkin
– both units moved to Cochinchina (then title for Southern Vietnam)
– the companies were stationed at Baria
– a town located 60 miles (90 km) southeast of today’s Ho Chi Minh City

1re CTQG + 2e CTQG dissolution
– 1re CTQG + 2e CTQG were disbanded on November 15, 1954
– their legionnaires joined Legion units stationed in Indochina


2e CTQG - 2 CTQG - Transportation & Headquarters Company - Insignia - Badge - Indochina - 1952
The insignia of 2e CTQG, created in 1952. It bears a cogged wheel (the symbol of French support train units), symbols of French Indochina and the seven-flame grenade of the Legion. The badge also includes the Legion’s green & red colors.
2e DMT - 2 DMT - Provisional Tonkinese Division - Insignia - Badge - Indochina - 1951
The insignia of 2e DMT, 2nd Provisional Tonkinese Division. The 2e CTQG was assigned to this division as its main logistics support unit. The insignia bears seven pagodas to symbolize Tonkin.
2e CTQG - 2 CTQG - Foreign Transportation & Headquarters Company - Captain Pierre Melcion - Pierre Melcion
Pierre Melcion. The very first commander of the 2e CTQG. He died of illness on March 15, 1952, after one year and one month of his leadership exactly.


More Photos:
See a few rare photos from 2e CTQG: 2° Cie. de Transport et de Quartier Général (De)


Main information sources:
More-majorum.de (Germans in French Indochina 1946-56)
Insignes Legion (Fr)


See Foreign Legion’s other disbanded transportation units of Indochina:
1st Transportation & Headquarters Company
2nd Foreign Legion Transportation Company
3rd Foreign Legion Transportation Company




The page was updated on: October 26, 2017


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