2e REI: El Moungar 2018

On September 2, 2018, the 115th anniversary of the famous Battle of El Moungar occurred. The battle took place at El Moungar, close to Taghit, in the Bechar region of western Algeria, on September 2, 1903. That day, the 22nd Mounted Company, 2e RE (2e REI now) were attacked by more than 2,000 Berbers.

The fierce battle took eight hours. The 22nd Company (2 officers + 113 legionnaires) suffered heavy casualties. Their Captain Marie-Louis Vauchez was killed, together with a Danish officer serving in the Legion, Lieutenant Christian Selchauhansen, his deputy. Also 34 legionnaires were killed. Another 47 legionnaires were seriously wounded. Finally, the enemy was fought off. Today, the battle is commemorated annually. The date of the battle became a regimental holiday of the 2e REI.

This year, the battle was commemorated discreetly by a ceremony at Camp des Garrigues near Nimes, the garrison town of the regiment, on September 2.

Every year, the 2e REI organizes El Moungar Challenge, a part of the commemoration of the battle. Below, you can see several photos from 2018 El Moungar Challenge, which took place at Nimes, the garrison town of the longest-serving regiment of the Foreign Legion.

PHOTOS. 2018 El Moungar Challenge, Part 1. Click on the FB icon to see all photos.

Début du challenge d'El Moungar au 2ème REI !Par section, les cadres et légionnaires s'affrontent dans une série d'…

Posted by 2ème Régiment Etranger d'Infanterie on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

 

PHOTOS. 2018 El Moungar Challenge, Part 2. Click on the FB icon to see all photos.

Retour en images sur le challenge d’El Moungar qui s’est déroulé hier, dans l’enceinte de la caserne colonel de…

Posted by 2ème Régiment Etranger d'Infanterie on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

 

PHOTOS. 2018 El Moungar, commemorated discreetly at Camp des Garrigues near Nimes, September 2. Click on the FB icon to see all photos.

Après une marche de 50km dans l’arrière-pays gardois, les cadres et légionnaires du 2ème Étranger se sont réunis au camp…

Posted by 2ème Régiment Etranger d'Infanterie on Thursday, September 6, 2018

 

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