4e RE: Remise de Kepi blanc at Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

In mid-October 2019, a platoon of Foreign Legion enlisted volunteers from the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE) finished their initial four-week instruction. After having passed a long march, they were allowed to make a military oath and be called legionnaires. The ceremony took place at the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, an old castle in southwestern France. See the video.

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Foreign Legion: Explosive training exercises with Major Gérald

See an interesting motivational video published by the official French Foreign Legion channel on YouTube in late November. The already third video of a training series shows simple and effective physical training techniques for developing your explosive strength. They are presented by Major Gérald (similar to the rank of Sergeant Major in the US + UK, the most senior warrant officer) from the Sports Office of the 1st Foreign Regiment (1er RE), the Legion’s HQ located in Aubagne.

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55 years ago: An important Foreign Legion engineer task force was disbanded

See a fully reworked article dealing with the history of a forgotten Foreign Legion engineer task force, the only engineer battalion-sized unit of the Legion that has ever been established in North Africa (no, the short-lived 12th Pioneer Battalion from 1939 wasn’t in fact a Foreign Legion formation). Organized by a half of the then 3e REI, the legionnaires of this important unit were tasked with the urgent transfer of the Legion’s Motherhouse from Algeria and its installation in France and Corsica, after the end of the Algerian War in 1962.

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70 years ago: A Foreign Legion airborne battalion was established

Read a freshly reworked article dedicated to a Foreign Legion airborne battalion that was established in North Africa 70 years ago, in mid-November 1949. The battalion would train legionnaires to take part in the First Indochina War (1946-1954) as paratroopers. Six years later, the unit was redesignated to a regiment, but for a very short time.

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Foreign Legion: 2019 Armistice Day

The 11th of November marks in France the Armistice Day, when the entire nation commemorate the end of hostilities of World War I. As every year, even the French Foreign Legion units commemorated the 101st Armistice Day on November 11, 2019, and remembered the 36,000 legionnaires and foreign volunteers being killed or wounded during the war. See the photos.

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