4th Foreign Infantry Regiment

The 4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e REI) was an infantry unit of the French Foreign Legion. It was established in Morocco in November 1920. It participated in the Pacification of Morocco, Rif War, Second World War, Algerian War. Its battalions participated in operations in Madagascar and in the First Indochina War. A motorized group of 4e REI took part in operations in Mauretania in 1957-58, where it fought along the Spanish Legion against local rebels. The regiment was disbanded in 1964.

The history and traditions of the old 4e REI were adopted by the 4e RE (1980-present).

4th Foreign Infantry Regiment - History - 4e REI - 4 REI - l'histoire du 4e Régiment Étranger d’Infanterie

 

4th Foreign Regiment 1920 – 1922

1907-1934:
Pacification of Morocco
– the Foreign Legion was fully involved in
– in 1907, France intervened in Morocco and occupied it
– many local tribes started rebellions against the French
– in 1912, French protectorate in Morocco was created
– in 1934, the Pacification of Morocco successfully ended

November 15, 1920:
4th Foreign Regiment (4e Régiment Étranger, 4e RE) was formed
– 4e RE was formed in Morocco with battalions of 1er RE and 2e RE
– 4e RE was nicknamed as Regiment of Marocco (Regiment du Maroc)
– the regiment was based at Marrakesh

– 4e RE consisted of:

  • 1st Battalion (ex-1st of 1er RE)
  • 2nd Battalion (ex-2nd of 1er RE)
  • 3rd Battalion (ex-6th of 1er RE)
  • 4th Battalion (ex-6th of 2e RE, in 1921 it was reassigned to 2e RE)
  • Mounted Company (Compagnie Montée, CM) of 4e RE (ex-CM of 1er RE)

1921 – 1934:
Pacification of Morocco
– the regiment took part in the Pacification of Morocco
– the French had been involved in pacification of Morocco since the early 1900s
– Legion units had actively participated in pacification of Morocco since 1907
– in 1912, the French Protectorate in Morocco was established
– the Legion had 3 of its 4 infantry regiments of Africa based there in 1920-1940
– in 1934, the Pacification successfully ended

1921:
– in March, a new 4th Battalion of 4e RE was established
– organized in Algeria, it was sent to Syria
– in Syria, the battalion carried out military and construction tasks

– in May, 5th Battalion was formed in Algeria
– in September, it was also sent to Syria
– in June 1926, it became the 8th Battalion of 1er REI
– in October 1939, the battalion (now 4th) helped to form the 6e REI
– it became the 1st Battalion of 6e REI

1922:
4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e Régiment Étranger d’Infanterie, 4e REI)
– in June, 1er RE, 2e RE, 3e RE, 4e RE were designated as infantry regiments
– 4e RE became the 4e REI

 

4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e REI) 1922 – 1940

1922:
Battle of Tizi N’Rechou
– the battle occurred on July 30 near the Tizi N’Rechou mountain, Morocco
– a small outpost occupied by a group of legionnaires
– they belonged to 12th Company, 3rd Battalion, 4e REI
– Sergeant + Corporal + 9 legionnaires
– the outpost was attacked by tens of local rebels
– after several hours of fighting, Sergeant + Corporal + 4 legionnaires were killed
– the survivors commanded by a most senior legionnaire finally fought off the attackers

– in November, 4e REI obtained its regimental flag
– at that time, the regiment’s HQ had been stationed at Meknes (Morocco)

1924:
– in December, 4th Battalion returned from Syria to Algeria
– it became the 7th Battalion of 1er REI
– in 1926, the battalion left Africa for Indochina
– in 1930, the battalion became the 2nd Battalion of 5e REI

1925 – 1926:
Rif War (Second Moroccan War)
– 1st + 2nd battalions of 4e REI participated in

Great Syrian Revolt
– 5th Battalion participated in

Battle of al-Musayfirah (Messifré in French)
– a 10-hour-long battle in the early stage of the Great Syrian Revolt
– it occurred in Syria on September 17, 1925
– 5th Battalion of 4e REI + 4th Squadron of 1er REC
– they fought against 3,000 Druze rebels
– legionnaires won the battle and fought off the attackers

– in August 1926, Sappers-Pioneers Company (Compagnie de Sapeurs Pionniers, CSP) of 4e REI was formed
– its main task was to carry out military and public infrastructure projects
– it carried out its tasks in southern Morocco, in the Tadla and Agadir regions
– CSP/4 also participate in fights near Togha in 1931
– it became a road building company in 1937

1932:
– in May, Provisional Battery (Batterie de Marche) of 4e REI was formed

1933:
Djebel Sagho operations
– in February, military operations at Djebel Sagho (Morocco)
– Provisional Battery of 4e REI was involved in
– Mounted Companies from 1er REI, 2e REI, 3e REI also took part in

– in April, CM/4e REI became motorized
– it was renamed as Motorized Mounted Company (Compagnie Montée Automobile, CMA)

– in June-September, operation in the High Atlas mountains, Morocco

1935:
– in August, an artillery group was created
Legion Artillery Group (Groupement d’Artillerie de Légion, GAL)
– it consisted of batteries of 4e REI and 2e REI
– GAL was assigned to the 4e REI

– in 1935, 4e REI was stationed in Morocco at:

  • 1st BattalionMarrakesh
  • 2nd Battalion + BatteryOuarzazate
  • 3rd BattalionAgadir
  • CMAFoum el Hassan

1935 – 1939:
– in 1934, the Pacification of Morocco ended
– in 1935-39, 4e REI conducted infrastructure construction missions
– its legionnaires built military outposts and roads in Morocco
– they also maintained order in the region

1939:
– in September, World War II (Second World War) started

– in October, about 500 legionnaires from 4e REI was sent to France
– they helped to form the 11e REI and 12e REI

– on October 30, Sappers-Pioneers Company (CSP) of 4e REI was disbanded
– the company was stationed in Tunisia at that time

1940:
– in February, 4e REI legionnaires helped to form a battalion in Fez
– the battalion will form future 13e DBLE

– in February-November, a number of 4e REI legionnaires left the regiment
– they were transferred to the 5e REI and 6e REI

Battle of France (May 10 – June 22)
– France was defeated
– Armistice signed by Nazi Germany and France on June 22
– for France, WWII temporarily ended

4e REI dissolution
– on November 14, 4e REI was officially deactivated
– its units consolidated with 2e REI

4e REI insignia
The insignia of 4e REI, created in 1937
Batterie de Marche - Battery of 4e REI at Djebel Sagho
The Provisional Battery of 4e REI camping during an operation in Morocco (early 1930s)
Compagnie Montee Automobile - Motorized Mounted Company of 4e REI - CMA
Vehicles of the Motorized Mounted Company (CMA) of 4e REI (1930s)
Foum El Hassan - a garrison of the Motorized Mounted Company of 4e REI
Foum El Hassan. A garrison of the CMA of 4e REI (1934)
Foum el Hassan - 4e REI Compagnie Montée Automobile camp & insigne - CMA - 4e REI's Motorized Mounted Company camp & insignia - 1939
Foum El Hassan. The entrance of the camp of 4e REI’s Motorized Mounted Company (1939). The legionnaires from 3e REI’s Mounted Company are leaving the camp, having passed an automotive technician & driving training course there to become a motorized unit. However, the outset of the Second World War ended the motorization of the 3e REI’s company… On the gate, the emblem of 4e REI’s CMA.

 

4e DBLE and 1er REIM 1940 – 1943

1941:
4th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion
4e DBLE (4e Demi-Brigade de Légion Etrangère) was created on August 21
– 4e DBLE was organized at Casablanca (Morocco)
– it was formed with two battalions of 1er REI (1st + 2nd) + Regimental Company
– 4e DBLE received the old regimental flag of 4e REI
– in September, 4e DBLE was based in Senegal, West Africa
– its battalions were placed at Dakar (the capital) and Saint Louis
– in Senegal, 4e DBLE legionnaires lived a relatively calm life

November 1942:
British-American invasion of French North Africa (Operation Torch)
– November 8-10, landings in Morocco and Algeria
– all French forces in North Africa received an order to cease resistance
– on November 10, the French in North Africa joined the Allies

March 1943:
– in March, 4e DBLE returned to Morocco
– it was placed at Fez, the garrison of 3e REI
– in late March, 4e DBLE was reinforced by 2e REI legionnaires
– on March 28, 4e DBLE was sent to Tunisia

April 1943:
1st Foreign Infantry Regimental Combat Team (1er REI de Marche, 1er REIM)
– 1er REIM was activated in Tunisia on April 16
– it was formed with 4e DBLE (two battalions) and the 1st Battalion of 1er REI
– 1er REI’s battalion (commander Rouger) had been placed there since late December 1942
– 1er REIM remained under the 4e DBLE’s command and the flag of 4e REI
– 1er REIM was assigned to the Oran Provisional Division (Division de Marche d’Oran, DMO)
– in Tunisia, 3e REIM and 1er REC were also involved in the operations

April-May 1943:
Tunisia Campaign (also Battle of Tunisia)
– fighting against the German Africa Corps of Marshal Rommel
– in April-May, 1er REIM participated in several battles
– they took place at Djebel Mansour, Sidi Abd el Kerim or Djebel Alligaga

Battle of Djebel Zaghouan
– the battle occurred between May 7 and May 11
– 1er REIM successfully participated in this final campaign
– it received a Battle honour for it
– later, the name of the battle was emblazoned on the regimental flag of 4e REI
– on May 31, 1er REIM was deactivated

July 1943:
Foreign Legion Regimental Combat Team
RMLE (Régiment de Marche de la Légion Etrangère) was created on July 1
– organized into 3 battalions
– it consisted of legionnaires from the disbanded 1er REIM, 3e REIM, 1er REI, 2e REI
– RMLE was assigned to the 5th Armored Division (5e DB)
– it became its motorized infantry regiment
– RMLE was equipped with Jeeps, GMC trucks, M3 Half-Tracks, Dodge vehicles
– Colonel Gentis took the command of RMLE
– he already commanded the 4e REI, 4e DBLE and 1er REIM

– RMLE was formed:

  • 1st Battalion with the 1st Battalion of 4e DBLE (1er REIM) + men of ex-1er REI
  • 2nd Battalion with the 2nd Battalion of 4e DBLE (1er REIM) + men of ex-2e REI
  • 3rd Battalion with surviving legionnaires of 3e REIM (ruined in Tunisia)

1944 – 1945:
– RMLE participated in Liberation of France
– its legionnaires saw also action in Germany and Austria

May 8, 1945:
– Germany surrendered
– in Europe, World War II ended
– in the Pacific, WWII ended on September 2

– in 1944-45, RMLE lost over 1,800 of its officers, NCOs and legionnaires

4e DBLE WWII 1942 insignia
The insignia of 4e DBLE (1942)
4e DBLE parading in Saint Louis of Senegal
Two companies of 4e DBLE parading at Saint Louis, Senegal (March 1942)
1er REIM fighting at Djebel Zaghouan
The battle of Djebel Zaghouan, Tunisia (May 1943). The legionnaires of 1er REIM took part in. The unit received a battle honour for its bravery.

 

4e DBLEM, 4e DBLE and 4e REI: Morocco 1946-1956

1945 – 1946:
First Indochina War started
– French Indochina reffers to French colonial territories in Southeast Asia
– in Indochina, a conflict started between the French and Ho Chi Minh
– Ho Chi Minh led the Viet-Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam)
– Viet Minh was a nationalist and (later) pro-Soviet Union movement
– in September 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared independence from France for Vietnam
– clashes between French forces and the Viet Minh started
– in 1946, first Foreign Legion units landed in Indochina

1946:
– a battalion was organized at Fez, Morocco on May 16
– it was based at Caserne Fontanel
– in September, another battalion was organized in Algeria and sent to Morocco
– the same month, the 4th Demi-Brigade was re-established

4th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion of Morocco
4e DBLEM (4e Demi-Brigade de Légion Étrangère du Maroc) was created
– 4e DBLEM was formed with the two battalions based at Fez and Meknes

8th Mixed Mounted Company (8e Compagnie Mixte-Montée, 8e CMM)
– on October 1, the last mounted company of the French Army was assigned to 4e DBLEM
– 8e CMM was stationed at Kenifra (Morocco)
– it had been part of GCMP/3e REI
– in 1947, GCMP became the Maroccan Foreign Legion Motorized Group (GPLEM)
– 8e CMM became the Mounted Company of 4e DBLEM
– it will be stationed at Ksar es-Souk, Morocco

1947:
– on Camerone Day (April 30), 4e DBLEM received the old flag of 4e REI
– simplification of appellation, 4e DBLEM would become the 4e DBLE

1947 – 1948:
Madagascar operations
– in June, 2nd Battalion was sent to Madagascar
– it became the 4e DBLE Task Force (Bataillon de Marche du 4e DBLE, BM/4)
– its task was to calm down the local rebellion and maintain order in the region
– between July 1947 and November 1948, BM/4 fought against rebels in Madagascar

Attack of Ambohiriana (July 4, 1947)
– around 1,200 local rebels attacked the camp of 4th Company, based at Ambohiriana
– legionnaires successfully fought of the attackers

– operations at Akatikane and Fort Carnot (July 22, 1947)
– 5th Company took part in, 100 rebels killed

Battle of Ambara (August 18, 1947)
– 5th Company attacked the rebel camp of Ambara
– 170 rebels were killed

– on 16 November 1948, the guerilla war in Madagascar ended
– the leader of rebels, Philippe Lehoaha, surrendered to the legionnaires of BM/4

1948:
– on 15 November 1947, a new 2nd Battalion of 4e DBLE was created
– it was stationed at El Hajeb, Morocco

– in July 1948, 4e DBLE helped to form the 2e BEP
– 2e BEP (future 2e REP) was an airborne unit, formed in Algeria with four companies
– two of them were 4e DBLE companies

4th Foreign Infantry Regiment
– on October 16, 4e DBLE became the 4e REI

– in November, 3rd Battalion was established
– it was based at Meknes

1949:
Foreign Legion Units of Madagascar
– GULEM (Groupement des Unités de Légion Etrangère de Madagascar) was established
– it was a formal title for the group of Legion units stationed in Madagascar
– GULEM was composed of:

  • 4e REI’s Task Force (BM/4)
  • 1st Company of the Engineering Legion (Génie Légion)
  • 4th Sqadron of 2e REC

– on May 1, BM/4 of Madagascar became the 4th Battalion of 4e REI

– in Morocco in June 1949, 2nd Battalion became the 5th Battalion
– it was sent to Indochina (East Asia) to join the First Indochina War
– it was the war between the French and Ho Chi Minh
– Ho Chi Minh led the Viet-Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam)
– First Indochina War started in 1945 and ended in 1954

– in November, 5th Battalion/4e REI helped to re-form the 5e REI in Indochina
– the battalion became the 2nd Battalion of 5e REI

Mounted Company dissolution
– on December 31, 1949, the Mounted Company of 4e REI was administrativly disbanded
– it was the last French mounted company
– on January 1, 1950 its units formed a new company
Motorized Company (Compagnie Portée, CP) of 4e REI

1951:
– on March 31, 4e REI was deactivated

– the main reason was a large diminution of its troops (being sent to Indochina)
– in Morocco, a single battalion (1st Battalion) of 4e REI was active
1/4REI grouped the remaining 4e REI legionnaires

– the battalion became a Forment Corps unit (Bataillon Forment Corps)
– at that time, Forment Corps units served as administratively independent transit units
– fresh legionnaires joined them after initial basic training taking place in Algeria
– in Forment Corps units, they had to learn a real military life in the Legion
– legionnaires-veterans were sent there to teach the young legionnaires
– Forment Corps units conducted advanced military training courses
– they also conducted real military operations to maintain order in the region
– after several months both, the young and the veterans, left the Forment Corps unit
– they (re-)joined the standard combat units serving in French Indochina

– 1/4REI + Motorized Company were stationed at Meknes
– 1/4REI kept all traditions of 4e REI + its regimental flag

– in December, 4th Battalion of 4e REI ended its mission in Madagascar
– the majority of its legionnaires were sent to Indochina

1952:
– since the late 1940s, the local rebels conducted military operations in North Africa
– these operations took part in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria
– they were aimed at French forces presented in these regions
– the operations helped to gain the independence for all three countries

– in January-February, a second Forment Corps battalion was established
– the battalion (4/4REI) was based at Fez, Morocco
– it was formed with remaining legionnaires of the 4th Battalion of Madagascar

– in March, first military operations against Maroccan rebels for 1/4REI

– in April, Motorized Company of 4e REI was stationed at Kenifra
– it was based there (as 8e CMM) between 1943-1946

– in December, military operations against Maroccan rebels for 4e REI
– in Fez (former capital of Morocco), Rabat (current capital) and Sefrou

1954 – 1955:
Algerian War started
– in North Africa, local rebels intensified military actions
– these actions took part in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria
– they were aimed at French forces presented in these regions
– the main rebel force fighting the French was the FLN
– FLN stands for National Liberation Front
– later in 1955, that operations escalated to the Algerian War

1954:
Operation Kepi Blanc
– the operation occurred in August 1954
– it took place at Fez to restore order

First Indochina War ended
– the war in Indochina ended on August 1
– France had to leave northern Vietnam
– in 1956, French troops had to leave the entire Indochina pensisula

1955:
4e REI re-establishment
– on March 1, 4e REI was officially re-created
– it was formed with the two former Forment Corps battalions + Motorized Company
– the 4/4REI became the 2nd Battalion of 4e REI

– on July 1, Motorized Company of Kenifra became the 1st Motorized Company (1re CP)
2nd Motorized Company (2e CP) of 4e REI was formed at Ksar es-Souk

– in August-November, operations against Maroccan rebels
– they took place at Casablanca and in the Aknoul and Ouerrha regions

1956:
Independence of Morocco
– on 2 March 1956, the French protectorate of Morocco became independent
– 4e REI was regrouped and sent to the Taounate region in the south

4e REI reorganization
– on 16 November 1956, 4e REI was completely reorganized
– the regiment with its battalions was transformed into a new modern motorized unit
– the new regiment was composed of HQ Company + 6 motorized companies
– the motorized companies formed two autonomous Motorized Companies Group (GCP)
– each group was headed by an Operations Staff (État Major Tactique, EMT)
2e GCP (4th + 5th Company) of 4e REI was formed with the disbanded GPLEM
– the new 4e REI kept its previous appellation

March 1957:
– 4e REI left Morocco, as the last Legion unit based there
– Foreign Legion left Morocco after 50 years of its presence

4e DBLE Madagascar 1947 insignia
The insignia of the 4e DBLE battalion (BM/4) based in Madagascar (1947)
A legionnaire and the leader of rebels in Madagascar, Philippe Lehoaha, November 1948
A legionnaire of BM/4 with Philippe Lehoaha (left), the surrendered leader of rebels in Madagascar and his deputy (November 1948)
4e REI - Motorized Company at Aguelmame lake Morocco 1951
Aguelmame lake. A field camp of the Motorized Company of 4e REI during its moving to the new headquarters of Meknes, Morocco (March 1951)
4e REI Taka Ichian Morocco 1952
Young legionnaires from the 1st Company of 1/4e REI during a police operation near Taka Ichian, Morocco (March 1952)
4e REI - Operation Kepi blanc in Fes - 1954
Operation Kepi blanc. A patrol of 4e REI marching at Fez, Morocco (August 1954)
2nd Motorized Company (2e Compagnie portée) of 4e REI patrolling in Morocco - 1955
The High Atlas mountains, central Morocco. The legionnaires of 2nd Motorized Company (2e CP), 4e REI having a rest during a patrol (December 1955)
1st Motorized Company (1re Compagnie portée) of 4e REI in Kenifra - 1956
Kenifra, Morocco. The base of 1st Motorized Company (1re CP), 4e REI (1956)
Quartier Bissey - 1st Battalion of 4e REI in Meknes 1956
Quartier Bissey. The 4e REI headquarters at Meknes, Morocco (1956)
Caserne Fontanel - 2nd Battalion of 4e REI in Fes 1956
Caserne Fontanel. The headquarters of the 2nd Battalion, 4e REI at Fez (1956)
2nd Motorized Company (2e Compagnie portée) of 4e REI nearby Ksar es-Souk - 1956
The legionnaires from 2e CP with typical khaki-covered kepis (used during operations and exercises at that time) and a Dodge 4×4 near their garrison of Ksar es-Souk, Morocco (1956)
2nd Battalion (2e Bataillon) of 4e REI in southern Morocco
A field camp of the 2nd Battalion, 4e REI in southern Morocco (June 1956)
An outpost of 4e REI in eastern Morocco
An outpost of 4e REI near Figuig, on the Maroccan border with Algeria (September 1956)

 

4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e REI) 1955 – 1964

March 1957:
Algerian War
– 4e REI joined the war in Algeria
– the regiment deployed to the Tebessa and Biskra regions of Algeria
– 2e GCP (ex-GPLEM) was stationed in Mauritania due to growing activity of Saharan rebels

1957 – 1962:
– 4e REI guarded electric fences along the Algerian border with Tunisia
– its mission was to guard the border and eliminate the rebels trying to cross through

October 1957 – March 1958:
Operation Ouragan
– the operation was part of the Ifni War in Mauritania and the Spanish Sahara
– 2e GCP (ex-GPLEM) of 4e REI, along with the Spanish Legion participated in
– the operation was aimed against regional Saharan rebels

1958:
– in April, 2e GCP left Mauritania for Algeria
– as the last Legion unit, it joined the Algerian War

– in September-October, operations in the Kherane region
– 4e REI and 2e REP participated in

1959:
– in August, 4e REI was regrouped
– it deployed to northeastern Algeria (La Colle, Lamy, Bone, Bec de Canard…)
– it guarded the border with Tunisia there

– in November, operations in the Gambetta region

1960:
– heavy fighting in the Ain Zana region for 4e REI

1962:
– in February, 4e REI redeployed to the Negrine and Tebessa region

– in March, Algerian War officially ended
– Évian Accords treaty, signed on 18 March 1962, ended the Algerian War
– on July 5, Independence of Algeria was declared
– however, military operations were conducted until September 1962
– on September 25, the Algerian republic was established

– in June-July, 4e REI was sent to the Sahara of Algeria
– it was placed in the El Oued, Ghardaia and other Saharan regions

1963:
– on February 28, 1re CP (the oldest motorized company of 4e REI) was disbanded
– its legionnaires merged with remaining companies of 4e REI

– on April 1, two autonomous Saharan units of the Legion consolidated with 4e REI
2e CSPL (formed in 1946) became the new 1re CP of 4e REI
3e CSPL (formed in 1949) became the 7e CP of 4e REI

– on May 31, 3rd Motorized Company (3e CP) of 4e REI was disbanded
– at that time, it was the most isolated unit of the Legion
– 3e CP guarded the natural gas facilities at In Amenas
In Amenas is located in the Sahara, nearby the Algeria-Lybia border

– on June 1, 7e CP (ex-3e CSPL) became the new 3e CP of 4e REI

– on September 18, 5e CP was disbanded

– in November, new redeployment of 4e REI
– motorized companies were sent to Reaggan, Amiguid, Colomb-Bechar, In Salah and Adrar

1964:
– on January 14, 3e CP (ex-3e CSPL) was disbanded
– its legionnaires merged with the 1re CP (ex-2e CSPL)
– they were keeping the CSPL uniform and traditions

4e REI dissolution
– on April 30, 4e REI was disbanded
– for the second and last time in its history, 4e REI merged with 2e REI
– on May 8, Music band of 4e REI joined the 2e REP

 

4th Motorized Company (4e Compagnie portée) of 4e REI near Fort Trinquet - Mauritania - 1957
4th Motorized Company (4e CP) of 4e REI during a Change of Command ceremony near Fort Trinquet, Mauritania (October 1957)
2e GCP of 4e REI near Fort Trinquet - Mauritania - 1957
2e GCP (4e CP, 5e CP) of 4e REI during a Change of Command ceremony near Fort Trinquet, Mauritania (October 1957)
3rd Motorized Company - 3e Compagnie portée - 3e CP - of 4e REI based in Bir el Ater 1957
Regimental deputy commander of 4e REI arriving at the camp of 3e CP in Bir el Ater, Algeria (October 1957)
2e CP of 4e REI based in Chegga celebrating Camerone 1958
Legionnaires of the 2e CP/4e REI and their Dodges during Camerone Day at Chegga, Algeria (April 1958)
1st Motorized Company (1re Compagnie portée) of 4e REI in the Kherane region - 1958
An AMM8 armored car of the 1st Motorized Company, 4e REI in the Kherane region (September 1958)
5th Motorized Company (5e Compagnie portée) of 4e REI in the Gambetta region - 1959
An AMM8 of the 5e CP/4e REI in the Gambetta region (November 1959)
Dodge 6x6 of 4e REI in the Souk Ahras region of Algeria 1960
A Dodge 6×6 with 4e REI legionnaires during an operation in the Souk Ahras region (1960)
5th Motorized Company (5e Compagnie portée) of 4e REI in its camp near La Calle 1961
Legionnaires of the 5e CP of 4e REI during a typical military activity, at the field camp based near La Calle, Algeria (May 1961)
5th Motorized Company (5e Compagnie portée) of 4e REI in its camp near La Calle 1961
Playing cards and listening to radio. The 5e CP/4e REI at the field camp near La Calle, Algeria (May 1961)
A motorized patrol of 4e REI in Algeria 1961
An AMM8 of 4e REI conducting a motorized patrol in northeastern Algeria (September 1961)
Legionnaires of 4e REI guarding the Algeria-Tunisia border 1961
4e REI legionnaires and its main mission of 1959-62: guarding and patrolling alongside the Algeria-Tunisia border in the northeastern Algeria (September 1961)
6th Motorized Company - 6e Compagnie portée - 6e CP - of 4e REI in Ghardaia 1962
Legionnaires of the 6e CP of 4e REI watching a football/soccer match at its new garrison of Ghardaia (December 1962)
Base Company of 4e REI - Compagnie regimentaire du 4e REI - Fort Lallemand - Algeria 1962
Fort Lallemand. A French historic outpost (1894) in the desert of Algerian Sahara (December 1962). The Logistics Company (CB) of 4e REI had been based there since August 1962.
Base Company of 4e REI - Corporals course in Sahara near Fort Lallemand 1963
4e REI legionnaires during the Corporals Course in the desert of Sahara near Fort Lallemand (March 1963)
Base Company of 4e REI - Instruction - Corporals Course at Fort Lallemand 1963
Corporals Course at Fort Lallemand (March 1963)
AMM8 of 4e REI parading at Ouargla - Camerone 1963
4e REI’s AMM8s parading during Camerone Day nearby Ouargla, the new HQ of the regiment (April 1963)
3rd Motorized Company - 3e Compagnie portée - 3e CP - of 4e REI celebrating Camerone Day in In Amenas 1963
The 3e CP of 4e REI, the most isolated Legion’s unit at that time, celebrating Camerone Day at the camp of In Amenas, Algeria-Lybia border (April 1963). The company was disbanded a month later.
6th Motorized Company - 6e Compagnie portée - 6e CP - of 4e REI paying tribute to killed President Kennedy in Adrar 1963
The 6e CP/4e REI paying tribute to killed President Kennedy at its new camp of Adrar (November 1963)
1re CP - CR - CB of 4e REI in Reggane 1963
Reggane. The 1re CP parading in the new HQ of 4e REI (December 1963)
3rd Motorized Company - 3e Compagnie portée - 3e CP - of 4e REI dissolution in Colomb-Bechar 1964
Dissolution of the recently formed 3e CP (ex-3e CSPL) of 4e REI at Colomb-Bechar, Algeria (January 14, 1964). Notice the traditonal parade dress uniform inherited from the CSPL (Saharan motorized company).
Dissolution of 4e REI in Reggane 1964
Dissolution of 4e REI, Reggane. The regiment, headed by Colonel Brulé, paraded for the last time in its history (April 24, 1964)
Music band of 4e REI joining 2e REP in 1964
The Music band of the disbanded 4e REI arriving at Camp Segretain of 2e REP, Bou Sfer (May 8, 1964)

Images source:
Képi blanc magazines

Information source:
Képi blanc magazines
Insignes Legion

 
See other Foreign Legion disbanded units:
1st Foreign Parachute Regiment
3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment
2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment
5th Foreign Regiment
6th Foreign Infantry Regiment

 

 

The page was updated on: August 04, 2016

 

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