80 years ago: A Foreign Legion regiment is activated in France

In late February 1940, a little-known Foreign Legion regiment is activated in France, at the beginning of the Second World War. Its legionnaires will participate in the fighting with German forces on the Western Front in May-June 1940. Unfortunately, the provisional regiment will suffer heavy casualties and have to be disbanded.

See history of the 12th Regiment of the Foreign Legion:
12th Foreign Infantry Regiment

La version française de l’article pour les visiteurs français:
12e Régiment Étranger d’Infanterie


12th Foreign Infantry Regiment - History - 12e REI