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1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment


1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment

1er Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes

Active 1943-present
Country France
Branch Armée de Terre
formerly Armée de l'Air (1937-1943)
Type Airborne Infantry
Part of 11th Parachute Brigade
Garrison/HQ Pamiers, France
Colors Blue and yellow
Anniversaries Saint Michel
Engagements World War II
First Indochina War
*Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Algerian War
Renaud Sénétaire
Jacques Faure
Paul Aussaresses
Badge of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment worn on Maroon Berets. This badge is also worn by French Foreign Legion Paratroopers on Green Berets.
Abbreviation 1 RCP

The 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment (French: 1er Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes, 1er RCP) is an airborne unit of the French Army. It was the first French parachute regiment and is today part of the 11th Parachute Brigade.


  • Command and Logistic “Yellow” Company
  • Support and Lightning “Blue” Company
  • 4 Combat companies:
    • 1st “Green” Company
    • 2nd “Red” Company
    • 3rd “Black” Company
    • 4th “Grey” Company
  • 5th Company (Reserve)
  • 12th “Carmine” Company (Instruction)

Commanding officers

  • Major André Hartmann (1943)
  • Major Henri Sauvagnac (1943)
  • Colonel Frederic Geille (1944)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jacques Faure (1944–1945)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henri Sauvagnac (1945–1947)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Georges Mayer (1955–1958)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Henri Coustaux (1958–1959)
  • Colonel Joseph Broizat (1959–1960)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Plassard (1960–1961)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Genestout (1961)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Lafontaine (1961–1962)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Varennes (1962–1964)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Vernet (1964–1966)
  • Colonel Paul Aussaresses (1966–1968)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Rouquette (1968–1970)
  • Colonel Brenac (1970–1972)
  • Colonel de Biré (1972–1974)
  • Colonel Fayette (1974–1976)
  • Colonel Noel Chazarain (1976–1978)
  • Colonel Sengeisen (1978–1980)
  • Colonel Aumonier (1980–1982)
  • Colonel Cardinal (1982–1984)
  • Colonel Rioufol (1984–1986)
  • Colonel Vola (1986–1988)
  • Colonel de Loustal (1988–1990)
  • Colonel Maupoume (1990–1992)
  • Colonel Leroy (1992–1994)
  • Colonel Damay (1994–1996)
  • Colonel Le Chevallier (1996–1998)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Leclere (1998–1999)
  • Colonel Servera (1999)
  • Colonel Baillaud (1999–2001)
  • Colonel Thuet (2001–2003)
  • Colonel Salaun (2003–2005)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Collet (2005–2007)
  • Colonel Frédéric Blachon (2007–2009)
  • Colonel Renaud Sénétaire (2009-2011)
  • Colonel Antoine de Loustal (2011-2013)
  • Colonel Bruno Helluy (2013-)

Officers and chasseurs

Flag of the regiment

It bears, stitched in gold letters in its folds, the following inscriptions:

The flag was presented to the 1st Battalion of the Regiment 14 April 1944 in Paceco Sicily.


Battle Honours


External links

  • Official site
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