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French Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment 2. REP badges

2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment

2e Régiment étranger de parachutistes

Badge of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
Active 9 October 1948–present
Country France
Allegiance French Foreign Legion
Branch French Army
Type Special Operations
Role Primary Tasks:
• Special Operations Air Assault
Other Roles:
• Urban Warfare
• Mountain warfare
• Amphibious warfare
Size 1,190 men
Part of 11th Parachute Brigade
Garrison/HQ Calvi, Corsica France
Motto Honneur et Fidélité (Honour and loyalty)
Colors Green and Red
March La Legion Marche (vers le front)
Anniversaries Camerone Day (30 April),
Saint-Michel Day (29 September)
Engagements First Indochina War
*Battle of Route Coloniale 4
*Battle of Hoa Binh
*Battle of Na San
*Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Algerian War
Battle of Kolwezi
Eric Bellot des Minieres
Rémy Raffalli,
Paul Arnaud de Foïard
Philippe Erulin
Alain Bouquin (current General Commander of the Legion Etrangere)

The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (French: 2ème Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes, 2ème REP) is an Airborne regiment in the French Foreign Legion. It is a part of the 11e Brigade Parachutiste and the spearhead of the French Rapid reaction force. As such, it is typically described as being the French Foreign Legion’s special forces unit, although it is technically not a part of the French Army Special Forces Brigade At least one third of the regiment’s members are French. Part of the regiment are Commando Parachute Group, a French special forces unit.



As a consequence of the successes of the 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1er BEP) in the First Indochina War, the 2eme Battalion Étranger de Parachutistes or 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion (2ème BEP) was formed on 9 October 1948, at Legion’s main cantonment at Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria. The battalion was deployed to Indochina in January 1949, where they served as ‘sector troops’ from February to November.

In 1950, the battalion became a part of the General Reserve in Indochina. Following the French defeat on Route Coloniale 4 in October 1950, the battalion was transported by ship to North Vietnam. The battalion took part in several battles, including the first battle of Nghia Lo (October 1951), the Black River (November-December 1951), and the fight for Route Coloniale 6 (January-February 1952) during the Battle of Hoa Binh.

The battalion made a parachute drop on Dien Bien Phu as reinforcement during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (March-May 1954). Fighting without reinforcements, remnants of the 1er and 2e BEP were overwhelmed after a final assault by Viet Minh forces; fewer than 100 legionnaires of the 2e BEP were taken prisoner. On 1 December 1954, after the surviving members of the battalion had returned from captivity after the Armistice, the 2e BEP was later reconstituted with replacements, and returned by ship to French Algeria.

On 5 June 1956, the 2ème BEP was enlarged to a full regiment, and was redesignated the 2ème Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes (2ème REP), or 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment.


Main article: Battle of Kolwezi

In May 1978, a force of gendarmes katangais entered the Katanga province of Zaire from Angola and occupied the mining town of Kolwezi. They began to loot the town and kill government soldiers and civilians (including several Belgian and French employees of a mining company). At the request of the government of Zaire, 2 REP was airlifted to Kinshasa and dropped on Kolwezi. The operation was a success and the town was quickly recaptured with minor casualties in the ranks of the paratroopers. Some 120 civilian hostages died in the occupation.


Main article: Brigade La Fayette

The 2nd REP has been on tour in Afghanistan from jan 2010 to july 2010, arming the battle group of Surobi : Task Force “Altor”. The regiment has suffered 2 KIA.


The 2nd REP forms part of the 11e Brigade Parachutiste as well as the French Rapid Reaction Force, and is based near the town of Calvi on the island of Corsica, just south of mainland France.


It consists of 1160 men divided into 9 companies.

  • A command and logistics company
  • A administrative and support company
  • Four combat companies, each made up of one command section and four combat sections.
  • A reconnaissance and support company
  • A Maintenance Company
  • A reserve company


  • Captain Jean Solnon (1948–1950)
  • Captain Léon Dussert (1950)
  • Major Rémy Raffalli (1950–1951)
  • Major René Bloch (1952–1953)
  • Major Albert Merglen
  • Major Hubert Liesenfelt (1953–1954)
  • Captain Claudius Vial (1954)
  • Major Georges Masselot (1954–1955)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Devismes (1955–1958)
  • Major Georges Masselot (February-April 1958)
  • Colonel Jacques Lefort (1958–1960)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Darmuzai (1960–1961)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Maurice Chenel (1961–1963)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Caillaud (1963–1965)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Paul Arnaud de Foïard (1965–1967)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jeannou Lacaze (1967–1970)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Dupoux (1970–1972)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Goupil (1972–1974)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Brette (1974–1976)
  • Colonel Philippe Erulin (1976–1978)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Roue (1978–1980)
  • Colonel Michel Guignon (1980–1982)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Janvier (1982–1984)
  • Colonel Raymond Germanos (1984–1986)
  • Colonel Wabinski (1986–1988)
  • Colonel Coevoet (1988–1990)
  • Colonel Gausseres (1990–1992)
  • Colonel Poulet (1992–1994)
  • Colonel Bruno Dary (1994–1996)
  • Colonel Benoît Puga (1996–1998)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Prevost (1998–2000)
  • Colonel Alain Bouquin (2000–2002)
  • Colonel Emmanuel Maurin (2002–2004)
  • Colonel Paulet (2004–2006)
  • Colonel Brice Houdet (2006–2008)
  • Colonel Eric Bellot des Minières (2008- )

Famous officers and legionnaires

Battle honours

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