Rare Foreign Legion’s photos from the 1980s & Gulf War

Chad, Djibouti, Mayotte and the Gulf War… See the interesting slideshows created by Ch. R., a former legionnaire and NCO of the French Foreign Legion, who served in the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) during the 1980s and 1990s. Hundreds of rare, cool photos from places known by almost all legionnaires and from the Gulf War 1990-91.

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The legionnaires, who built up the largest military camp in Western Europe

Legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion have kept the long tradition of their Pioneers-Sappers history. The bearded Legion’s Pioneers are a very known unit, an inseparable part of every Legion’s great parade. In the 1970s, the modern Legion’s Pioneers from the very little-known 61st Engineer-Legion Mixed Battalion (61e BMGL) participated in the construction of the largest military camp in Western Europe: Camp de Canjuers. See the 61e BMGL’s rare images & history.

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Have you ever heard of the GPLEM?

The GPLEM is an acronym of a very little-known independent motorized infantry unit of the French Foreign Legion, the Moroccan Foreign Legion Motorized Group. The group served in Morocco (Africa) for 10 years, after the end of World War II. The GPLEM originated in the autonomous mounted and motorized Legion units being left in Morocco in 1943, while Legion infantry regiments were disbanded and its legionnaires formed the Foreign Legion Regimental Combat Team (RMLE) in Algeria, for the purpose of joining the fights in Europe. See the GPLEM history & images.

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4e REI: History of the Regiment of Morocco

See the history and images of the 4th Foreign Infantry Regiment (4e REI), the last Foreign Legion’s regiment serving in Morocco. The 4e REI was established in 1920 and participated in the Pacification of Morocco, Second World War, Pacification of Madagascar, First Indochina War and Algerian War. It was disbanded in 1964. The current training regiment of the Legion adopted the history and traditions of 4e REI.

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2e REP: History of the Foreign Legion’s last airborne unit

See history of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), the last airborne unit of the French Foreign Legion, including more than 70 pictures. Established in Algeria in 1948 as a battalion, it participated in the First Indochina War. Reorganized to a regiment, the 2e REP took part in the Algerian War, Battle of Kolwezi and other military operations. The unit has been based on the island of Corsica since 1967.

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