3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

3e REI insignia3e Régiment Étranger d’Infanterie, 3e REI. The most decorated regiment of the French Foreign Legion and second most decorated regiment of the French Army. Since September 1973, the 3e REI has been stationed at Quartier Commandant Forget in Kourou, French Guiana (South America). It moved there from Diego-Suarez, Madagascar.

In 1948, the first airborne unit of the French Foreign Legion was created within the 3e REI: Parachute Company of 3e REI.

The 3e REI is the heir of the Foreign Legion Regimental Combat Team (Régiment de Marche de la Légion Étrangère, RMLE) created in November 1915 for fighting on the Western Front during World War I. In 1919, RMLE moved to Morocco and a year later, it was redesignated as the 3rd Foreign Regiment (3e régiment étranger, 3e RE). In June 1922, the regiment received its current title: 3e REI.

The 3e REI served in Morocco, Tunisia, Indochina, Algeria and Madagascar. The regiment also participated in both World Wars. In 2004, its legionnaires deployed to Haiti.

 

History of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

See the history of 3e REI during the 1915-2015 period. Well-ordered data, including dozens of pictures from all decades. From World War I until its missions in French Guiana: History of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

3e Régiment Etranger d’Infanterie - 3 REI - 3REI - 3eme REI - History

 

Current structure of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

The 3e REI is devided (in 2017) into 4 companies and consists of around 650 men, including 160 soldiers coming from rotational units (provided by the Legion or French regular forces) usually rotated every 4 months. A reserve company comprising some 70 non-Legion reservists is also assigned to the regiment.

The 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment is a military reserve unit conducting military training in the jungle within the Jungle Training Center (Centre d’Entraînement en Forêt Equatoriale, CEFE) of Regina (since 1986), protecting the Guiana Space Centre of Kourou (this mission has been called as Operation Titan since 2008), patrolling the Guiana forest to take action against foreign illegal gold diggers (Operation Harpie since 2008) and providing support to the French forces operating in the region.

As a curiosity, the regiment doesn’t have 1st Company. It was disbanded in 1967 and never re-created.

  • HQ & Logistics Company (Compagnie de Commandement et de Soutien, CCS)
  • 2nd Infantry Company (2e Compagnie de d’Infanterie, 2e CIE)
  • 3rd Infantry Company (3e Compagnie de d’Infanterie, 3e CIE)
  • Military Support Company (Compagnie d’Appui, CA)
  • 4th Infantry Reserve Company (4e Compagnie d’Infanterie de Réserve, 4e CIE)

3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment promotion

 

3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s official website: 3e Régiment Étranger d’Infanterie

 

3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s current news

See the news and updates from 3e REI posted on our website:
3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s latest news

 

3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment’s regimental song

The regimental song of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI):
Anne-Marie du 3e REI

 

Location of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment

 

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