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6th Foreign Engineer Regiment

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Country  France
Branch  French Army
Allegiance  French Foreign Legion
Type  Engineer
6th Foreign Engineer Regiment
Active  1984 - 1999 1999 - 1 REG
Role  Combat Engineer Airborne Combat Engineer

The 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (French: 6e régiment étranger de génie) was a unit of the French Foreign Legion integrated in the rapid reaction force and part component of the 6th Light Armoured Division, 6e DLB. The 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment became the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment 1e REG in 1999.


Creation and different denominations

The 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (6e REG) was created on July 1, 1984 at à Laudun (Gard). The regiment was redesignated as the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (French: 1e Regiment Etranger de Genie) on June 30, 1999 with the creation of the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment. At creation, the 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (6e REG) comprised a command, 3 combat companies, reconnaissance and support company (CCAS). On the eve of the regiment change to the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment, 1er REG; the 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment already included:

  • Legion Pionniers Groups
  • 1st Amphibious Combat Company
  • 2nd Combat Company of Assault Mechanized Engineering
  • 3rd Combat Company of Aerotransportable Assault Engineering
  • 4th Combat Company was created in 1996
  • The Combat Reconnaissance Company ( CA ) compromising heavy equipments
  • The Command and Logistics Company ( CCs )
  • DINOPS Teams of Nautical Subaquatic Intervention Operational Detachment ( French: Détachement d'Intervention Nautique Operationnelle Subaquatique ) specialized in Parachute, Underwater Demolition and Diving.
  • History garrison, campaigns and battles

  • Tchad (Operation Epervier)
  • Irak (Opération Daguet). During the Gulf War, DINOPS operated in support of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, and provided the EOD services to the division. After the cease fire took hold they conducted a joint mine clearing operation alongside a Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver Team Unit.
  • Somalia (Operation Oryx)
  • Cambodge (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia) (Opérations Marquis 1 et 2)
  • Ex-Yougoslavia - Sarajevo (UNPROFOR)
  • Ex-Yougoslavia - Sarajevo/Rajlovac (IFOR)
  • Kosovo (Kosovo Force)
  • Traditions

    From the principle of legion traditions, the 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment ( 6e REG ) inherits the traditions and battle honors of the 6th Foreign Infantry Regiment.

    The insign retakes in a symbolic part the features of the 6e REI in the form of a hexagon, the three Roman columns of the temple of Jupiter at Baalbek to the left of the insign and the symbols of the French Foreign Legion: red and green colors with the grenade with 7 flames in the center.

    The specialty of the regiment is symbolized by the "pot en tête" ( metal military helmet ) and armor used by sergeants at arms in the 13th century and later worn by pionniers sapeurs. the number of the regiment is indicated in the grenade underneath the armor while the creed of the regiment is inscribed to the left and right of the hexagon.

    Regimental Song

    Chant de Marche : Sapeurs, mineurs et bâtisseurs


  • La Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures with 1 palm, the regiment for engagement in Kuwait in Opération Daguet, 1990.
  • Battle Honors

  • Camerone 1863
  • Musseifre 1925
  • Syrie 1925-1926
  • Koweït 1990–1991
  • Regimental Commanders

  • 1984 - 1985 : Colonel Degre
  • 1985 - 1987 : Colonel Boileau
  • 1987 - 1989 : Colonel Martial
  • 1989 - 1991 : Colonel Manet
  • 1991 - 1993 : Colonel Petersheim
  • 1993 - 1995 : Colonel Danigo
  • 1995 - 1997 : Colonel Hourbon
  • 1997 - 1999 : Colonel Ganascia
  • References

    6th Foreign Engineer Regiment Wikipedia

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