The 2e REP and 1er REC were decorated

On the 11th July 2013, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) and the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) of the French Foreign Legion were decorated by Army General Bertrand Ract-Madoux, commander of the French Army, at Les Invalides in Paris. The regiments also participated at the Prises d’Armes military ceremony in the garden of the French Senate two days later. See a few images and videos.

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History of the 2nd Foreign Cavalry Regiment

There is the only cavalry regiment within the today’s French Foreign Legion. But it was not always so. During the years of 1939-40 and 1946-62, the Foreign Legion used also the second cavalry regiment, 2e REC. Nicknamed “Dauphin Étranger”, the 2e REC was the last Foreign Legion unit based in Morocco, which it left in 1956 for participating in the Algerian War. In Algeria, the regiment was serving and fighting for more than five years, till the end of the war in 1962. See history and pictures of the 2e REC.

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