11th Foreign Infantry Regiment

11th Foreign Infantry Regiment
(11e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie)

Active 1939-1940
Country  France
Allegiance French Foreign Legion
Branch FranceFrench Army
Type Infantry
Size 3,000 men
Engagements World War II

The 11th Foreign Infantry Regiment (French: 11e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie, 11e REI) was a regiment of the French Foreign Legion which served during World War II from 1939 to 1940.


The 11th Foreign Infantry Regiment was stationed in Lorraine, France from late 1939 to the spring of 1940.

The 11th REI defended the northern Inor Wood near Verdun from the German offensive early on in the battle until June 11, 1940 when the regiment began a fighting retreat to the south. By June 18, the 11th REI had lost three-fourths of its strength and the regiment withdrew to the south near Toul.[1] The regimental flag was burned at Crezilles near Nancy to prevent it falling into German hands.[2]


The 11th Foreign Infantry Regiment was composed of 2,500 veterans of the Legion who had served in North Africa and 500 Legionnaire reservists.[3]

See also

12th Foreign Infantry Regiment



  • Porch, Douglas. The French Foreign Legion: The Complete History of the Legendary Fighting Force. Harper Collins, New York, 1991. ISBN 978-0-06-092308-2
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