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1st Mechanised Brigade (France)

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Active  1999 – 2015
Branch  French Army
Size  5,700 soldiers
Country  France
Type  Mechanised
Part of  CFAT
1st Mechanised Brigade (France)

The 1st Mechanised Brigade (French: 1re Brigade Mécanisée, 1re BM) was a mechanised unit of the French Army. The brigade is heir to the honours and traditions of the 1st Armored Division, created during World War II.



The 1st Armoured Division was dissolved with the reorganisation of the French Army in 1999, and the dissolution of the French Forces in Germany. The division’s honours and traditions are carried on with the formation of the 1st Mechanised Brigade in Châlons-en-Champagne. The brigade took part in the Operation Trident in Kosovo in 1999.

The 1st Mechanised Brigade was dissolved on July 21st 2015.


The brigade consists of around 5700 personnel in 6 regiments and 3 brigade units.

  • 1er Régiment de Spahis – wheeled armored regiment in Valence with AMX 10 RC and ERC 90
  • 1er Régiment de Tirailleurs (1er RTir) – infantry regiment in Epinal with VBCI
  • 1er Régiment d'Artillerie de Marine (1er RAMa) – self-propelled marine artillery regiment in Laon with 12x CAESAR self-propelled howitzers and 16x 120mm RTF1 mortars
  • 402e Régiment d'artillerie (402e RA) – artillery regiment in Châlons-en-Champagne
  • 3e Régiment du Génie (3e RG) – engineer regiment in Charleville-Mézières
  • 1re Compagnie de Commandement et de Transmissions (1re CCT) – command and signals company in Châlons-en-Champagne with VAB
  • Escadron d'éclairage et d'investigation – brigade reconnaissance squadron
  • Batterie de renseignement brigade
  • References

    1st Mechanised Brigade (France) Wikipedia

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