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17th Parachute Engineer Regiment

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17th Parachute Engineer Regiment

17e régiment du génie parachutiste

Regimental insigne
Active March 1, 1944
Country France
Branch French Army
Type Airborne Engineer
Part of 11th Parachute Brigade
Garrison/HQ Montauban, France
Badge of the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment worn on Maroon Berets. This badge is also worn by French Foreign Legion Paratroopers on Green Berets.
Abbreviation 17 RGP

The 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment (French: 17e Régiment de Génie Parachutiste, 17e RGP) is the only airborne engineer unit of the French Army. It forms the engineering component of the 11th Parachute Brigade.


The Regiment consists of 7 companies:

  • 1 Command and logistic company (CCL)
  • 1 Support company (CA)
  • 3 Combat companies
    • 1st Company
    • 2nd Company
    • 3rd Company
  • 1 Administration and support company (CAS)
  • 1 Reserve company (5th Company)

Battles inscribed on the flag


Battle Honours


  • His tie is decorated with the

- Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 with a star of vermeil (to quote the order by the Army OG 1148 of September 15, 1945),

- Croix and Fourragère de la Valeur militaire with three palms,

- Croix de Guerre des Théâtres d'opérations extérieures with one palm and two stars of vermeil (Company 2, 1 and 3),

- Médaille de bronze des actes de courage et de dévouement.

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