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3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment

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Country  France
Garrison/HQ  Batna Philippeville
Branch  French Foreign Legion
3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment
Active  September 1, 1955 – December 1, 1955
Type  Foreign Airborne Regiment
Part of  3 B.E.P I Formation, 1949 3 B.E.P II Formation, 1951 3 B.E.P III Formation, 1954 3 B.E.P IV Formation, 1954 3 R.E.P, 1955 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment 2 R.E.P from 3 R.E.P and 2 B.E.P Merger

The 3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment (French: 3e Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes, 3e R.E.P) was a foreign parachute regiment of the French Foreign Legion and previous 3rd Foreign Parachute Battalion, (3e B.E.P) from September 1, 1955 to December 1, 1955.



Based at Batna, the regiment becomes operational but then is dissolved on December 1, 1955; the legionnaires constituting the regiment are merged with the 2nd Foreign Parachute Battalion, (2e B.E.P) to form a new corps, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e R.E.P).


The insignia of the Foreign Legion Paratroopers of France represents a closed <<winged armed dextrochere>>, meaning a "right winged arm" armed with a sword pointing upwards. The Insignia makes reference to the Patron of Paratroopers. In fact, the Insignia represents <<the right Arm of Saint Michael>>, the Archangel which according to Liturgy is the <<Armed Arm of God>>. This Insignia is the symbol of righteous combat and fidelity to superior missions.

Notable Officers and Legionnaires

  • Paul Arnaud de Foïard
  • Pierre Segretain
  • Pierre Jeanpierre
  • Hélie de Saint Marc
  • References

    3rd Foreign Parachute Regiment Wikipedia

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