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1st Foreign Parachute Battalion

1st Foreign Parachute Battalion
1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutiste
Battalion Insignia
Active July 1, 1948 – November 17, 1950
March 1, 1951 – 1954
May 19, 1954 - September 1, 1955
Country France
Branch French Foreign Legion
Type Foreign Airborne Battalion
Part of

Legion REP

Garrison/HQ Khamisis
Colors Green and Red
Anniversaries Camerone Day
Engagements

First Indochina War

Commanders
Notable
commanders

Pierre Segretain

Pierre Jeanpierre
Abbreviation 1e B.E.P
Each year, the French Foreign Legion commemorates and celebrates Camarón in its headquarters in Aubagne and Bastille Day military parade in Paris; featuring the Pionniers leading and opening the way.

The 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1e B.E.P) (French: 1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutiste, 1e BEP) was a foreign parachute battalion of the French Foreign Legion formed from the Parachute Company of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment.

Contents

  • Creation and different nomination designations 1
  • Organization 2
  • Traditions 3
    • Insignias 3.1
    • Battalion Colors 3.2
    • Battalion Song 3.3
    • Decorations 3.4
    • Honours 3.5
      • Battle honours 3.5.1
  • Battalion Commanders 4
    • 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion, 1e BEP ( 1948 - 1955 ) - I,II,III Formations - 4.1
  • Notable Officers and Legionnaires 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Creation and different nomination designations

1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutiste, 1e BEP - I,II,III Formations -

The 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion, (1e BEP, I formation) was created on July 1, 1948 at Khamisis, in Algeria.[1] The 1e BEP embarks in Indochina on November 12 and is engaged in combat operations in the Tonkin.[1] On June 1, 1949, the Para Co. 3e REI completed its count.[1] On November 17, 1950; the 1e BEP (1e BEP, I Formation) jumps on That Khé and scarifices itself in Coc Xa to protect the unfolding of the RC4 in a traditional Foreign Legion battlefield.[1] Heading and leading tradition was 1e BEP battalion commander Chef de Corps du 1e BEP, Commandant Pierre Segrétain.[1]

The battalion dissolved on December 31, 1950; is reconstituted on March 1, 1951 (1e BEP, II formation) and is seen participating excessively in combat operations at Cho Ben, on the black river and at Annam.[1] On November 21, 1953; the reconstituted 1e BEP is parachuted on Dien Bien Phu.[1] In this gigantic battle, the reconstituted (1e BEP, II formation) 1e BEP counts 575 killed and missing for the second time in a traditional Foreign Legion battlefield.[1] Amongst the fatal casualties feature Lieutenants Dumont, Boisbouvier and de Stabenrath, killed in between April 1 and May 13 as well as Sergent-Chef Grimault, killed on March 30.[1] Reconsituted for the third time (1e BEP, III formation) on May 19, 1954, the 1e BEP leaves Indochina on February 8, 1955.[1] The 1e BEP totals 5 citations at the orders of the armed forces and the fourragère of the colors of the Médaille militaire.[1] The 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion (1e BEP, III Formation) becomes the 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment (1e REP) in Algeria on September 1, 1955.

The insignia of the 1st Foreign Paratrooper Batallion was created in 1948 by Commandant Segrétain, battalion commander Chef de Bataillon, CBA of the 1e BEP.[1]

Organization

Traditions

The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.
Colonel Paul Marie Félix Jacques René Arnaud de Foïard
(1921-2005).

Insignias

The beret insignia of the Foreign Legion Paratroopers of France represents a closed <>, 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 Archangel which according to Liturgy is the <>. This Insignia is the symbol of righteous combat and fidelity to superior missions.

Battalion Colors

Battalion Song

Decorations

Honours

Battle honours

Battalion Commanders

1st Foreign Parachute Battalion, 1e BEP ( 1948 - 1955 ) - I,II,III Formations -

1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes Tenure ( 1948–1955 )[2]

  • 1948 - 1950 : chef de bataillon Pierre Segrétain(* ) (I Formation, 1e BEP)
  • 1950 - 1950 : captain Raffalli
  • 1950 - 1950 : captain Vieules
  • 1951 - 1952 : chef de bataillon Darmuzai
  • 1952 - 1953 : chef de bataillon Brothier
  • 1953 - 1954 : chef de bataillon Guiraud
  • 1954 - 1954 : captain Chalony (par intérim)
  • 1954 - 1954 : captain Hélie Denoix de Saint-Marc (by interim)
  • 1954 - 1954 : captain Germain
  • November 1, 1954 : chef de bataillon Pierre Paul Jeanpierre (II Formation, 1e BEP)
  • May 19, 1954 - September 1, 1955 : chef de bataillon Pierre Paul Jeanpierre (III Formation, 1e BEP)

Notable Officers and Legionnaires

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l [3] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, History of the 2e REP, the 1st Foreign Parachute Battalion 1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes
  2. ^ [4] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, Historique du 2e REP, 1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes, Les Chefs de Corps
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