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List of French paratrooper units

Chuteur Opérationnel Instructor and Moniteur Brevet of the French Armed Forces not including the Legion Instructor and Moniteur Brevet, centered by the flag of the Foreign Legion.
Chuteur Opérationnel Brevet of Commando Parachute Group of the French Armed Forces not including the Legion Commando Parachute Brevet, centered by the flag of the Foreign Legion .
Paratrooper Moniteur Brevet of the French Armed Forces not including the Legion Moniteur Brevet, centered by the flag of the Foreign Legion.
French and Foreign Legion Parachute Brevet.

The airborne units history of France debuted when the French Armed Forces formed during the Interwar period specialized paratroopers units. First issued from the French Air Force, they were rapidly integrated in the French Army and from the British Army then dispersed in the ensemble components of the armed forces.

Contents

  • Berets Insignias of French and Foreign Paratroopers of France (Insignes des Berets Parachutistes Francais et Etranger de France) 1
    • Land Special Forces Brigade(Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre, BFST) 1.1
  • French Foreign Legion (La Légion Etrangère) 2
    • Foreign Paratroopers of France (Etranger Parachutistes de France) 2.1
    • Foreign Parachute Battalions, Regiments & Companies of the French Foreign Legion 2.2
      • Les Bataillons , Régiments et Compagnies Etrangers Parachutistes de La Légion Etrangère 2.2.1
    • Foreign Engineer DINOPS and Commandos of the French Foreign Legion 2.3
      • Le DINOPS et Les Commandos Etrangers du Génie de La Légion Etrangère 2.3.1
  • Metropolitan Paratroopers of the French Army (Parachutiste Metropolitain de l'Armée de Terre) 3
    • Parachute Divisions 3.1
    • Parachute Brigades and Groupments 3.2
    • Parachute Demi-Brigades 3.3
    • Parachute Centers of Formation and Schools 3.4
    • Parachute Artillery 3.5
    • Parachute Cavalry 3.6
    • Parachute Engineer 3.7
      • Air Engineers 3.7.1
    • Parachute Infantry 3.8
      • Patrol Chasseurs 3.8.1
      • General Parachute Infantry 3.8.2
      • Parachute Chasseur, British Army Special Air Service (S.A.S), French Air Force Commandos & 1e RPIMa 3.8.3
      • Choc Paratroopers 3.8.4
    • Colonial and Troupes de Marine 3.9
      • Colonial and Marine Infantry Parachute Regiments 3.9.1
      • Battalions and Colonial Groups Parachutes (BCCP, GCCP et BPC) 3.9.2
    • French Train Parachute Regiments 3.10
      • Parachute Companies and Regiments 3.10.1
      • Airborne Bases 3.10.2
    • Parachute Command and Support 3.11
    • Vietnamese, Laotien and Cambodian Parachute Units 3.12
    • Algerian Parachute Units 3.13
  • French Air Force Commandos (Commando de l' Air) 4
    • Air Engineers 4.1
  • French Navy Marine Commando (Commando Marine de La Royale) 5
  • Paratroopers of the National Gendarmerie(Parachutiste de La Gendarmerie Nationale) 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
    • Bibliography 8.1
  • External links 9

Berets Insignias of French and Foreign Paratroopers of France (Insignes des Berets Parachutistes Francais et Etranger de France)

The Archangel Michael featured in Mont Saint-Michel and the Insignia of the 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment.

Land Special Forces Brigade(Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre, BFST)

The French Army Special Forces Brigade include:[1]

French Foreign Legion (La Légion Etrangère)

Foreign Paratroopers of France (Etranger Parachutistes de France)

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.

Marche ou Crève and More Majorum for Legion Officers, Sous-Officiers and Legionnaires of the BEPs and REPs of the Legion.[2]

Foreign parachute battalions, regiments, companies and units of the French Foreign Legion include:

Foreign Parachute Battalions, Regiments & Companies of the French Foreign Legion

Les Bataillons , Régiments et Compagnies Etrangers Parachutistes de La Légion Etrangère

Foreign Engineer DINOPS and Commandos of the French Foreign Legion

Le DINOPS et Les Commandos Etrangers du Génie de La Légion Etrangère

Foreign Parachute, Underwater Demolition and Diving Units of the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (6e BLB) include:

Foreign Parachute, Underwater Demolition, Diving Units and Commando of the 27th Mountain Infantry Brigade (27e MIB) include:

Metropolitan Paratroopers of the French Army (Parachutiste Metropolitain de l'Armée de Terre)

Parachute Divisions

Parachute units of the French Army include:

Parachute Brigades and Groupments

Parachute Demi-Brigades

  • SAS Parachute Demi-Brigade (D-B.P-SAS, later 1e RPIMa)
  • Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade (D-B.CCP, later 1e RPIMa)
  • 1st Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade (1e DBCCP, later 1e RPIMa)
  • 2nd Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade (2e DBCCP, later 1e RPIMa)
  • Parachute Marching Demi-Brigade (DBMP - dissolved)
  • 11th Parachute Choc Demi-Brigade (11e D-B.PC - dissolved)

Parachute Centers of Formation and Schools

Parachute Artillery

  • 5th Airborne Artillery Campaign Regiment (5e RACAP - dissolved)
  • 6th Light Parachute Artillery Regiment (6e RALP - dissolved)
  • 20th Light Parachute Artillery Regiment (20e RALP - dissolved; then, 20th Parachute Group Artillery, 20e GAP - dissolved)
  • 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment (35e RAP), (2 Commando Parachute Group Teams)

Parachute Cavalry

1st Parachute Hussar Regiment of the 11th Parachute Brigade, on Bastille Day, Paris.

Parachute Engineer

  • 17th Parachute Engineer Battalion (17e BGAP - dissolved)
  • 61st and 71st Parachute Engineer Battalions of the Far East (Extrême-Orient) (61e BG and 71e BG - dissolved)
  • 60th, 61st and 75th Parachute Engineer Companies (60e CGAP, 61e CGAP, 75e CGAP - dissolved)
  • 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment[14] (17e RGAP, then 17e RGP), (2 Commando Parachute Group Teams)

Air Engineers

Air Engineer Battalions and Regiments of the French Army operated by the French Air Force include :

  • 15th Air Engineer Regiment (15e BGA, 15e RGA, 25e BGA, 115e CMGA, C4/18.GA, 35e BGA, CIS.GA, 25e RGA - dissolved)
  • 25th Air Engineer Regiment (15e RGA, 25e BGA, 25e CMGA, 25e RGA)
  • 35th Air Engineer Battalion (15e RGA, 35e BGA - dissolved)
  • 45th Air Engineer Regiment (15e RGA, 45e CTGA, 45e BAGA, 115e CMGA, 45e RGA, 45e BGA, 25e RGA & 15e RGA - dissolved)

Parachute Infantry

Patrol Chasseurs

  • 5th Patrol Chasseur Battalion (5e BCAP - dissolved)
  • 10th Patrol Chasseur Battalion (10e BPCP - dissolved)

General Parachute Infantry

  • 18th Parachute Infantry Regiment (18e RIPC - dissolved)
  • 21 Parachute Infantry Regiment (21e RIAP - dissolved)

Parachute Chasseur, British Army Special Air Service (S.A.S), French Air Force Commandos & 1e RPIMa

  • 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment / 601st & 602nd Air Infantry Groups (601e GIA, 602e GIA, 1e CIA, 1e BCP, then 1e RCP),[12] (3 Commando Parachute Group Teams)
  • 2nd Parachute Chasseur Regiment / 1st Air Infantry Battalion (1e BIA, 4e BIA, 2e RCP SAS, then 1e RPIMa French; other known as 4th French Special Air Service of the British Army)
  • 3rd Parachute Chasseur Regiment / 3rd Air Infantry Battalion (3e BIA, 3e RCP, 2e RCP SAS, then 1e RPIMa French; other known as 3rd French Special Air Service of the British Army)
  • 4th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (4e RCP - dissolved)
  • 5th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (5e RCP - dissolved)
  • 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (9e RCP ex-9th Infantry Regiment; merged with 1e RCP)[15]
  • 14th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (14e RCP - dissolved; ex-14th Infantry Regiment)
  • 18th Parachute Chasseur Regiment (18e RCP - dissolved; ex-18th Infantry Regiment)

Choc Paratroopers

  • 1st Choc Battalion (1e BC - dissolved)
  • 2nd Choc Battalion/ Bataillon Janson-de-Sailly or Bataillon Gayardon (2e BC - dissolved)
  • 3rd Choc Battalion / Commando Group of France (3e BC - dissolved)
  • 4th Choc Battalion / Commando de Cluny (4e BC - dissolved)
  • 5th Choc Battalion / Commando Group of Africa (5e BC - dissolved)
  • 6th Choc Battalion / Commando de Provence (6e BC - dissolved)
  • 1st Parachute Choc Battalion (1e BPC - dissolved)
  • 2nd Parachute Choc Battalion (2e BPC - dissolved)
  • 1st Choc Parachute Infantry Regiment (1e RICAP - dissolved)
  • 11th Choc Parachute Regiment (11e BPC, 11e DBPC and 11e RPC - dissolved)
  • 12th Choc Parachute Battalion (12e BPC - dissolved)
  • Mixed Airborne Commando Groupment (GCMA - dissolved)

Colonial and Troupes de Marine

Colonial and Marine Infantry Parachute Regiments

Battalions and Colonial Groups Parachutes (BCCP, GCCP et BPC)

  • 1st Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (1e BCCP, 1e GCCP, 1e BPC, then 1e RPMIa)
  • 2nd Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (2e BCCP, 2e GCCP, 2e BPC, then 2e RPMIa)
  • 3rd Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (3e BCCP, 3e BPC, then 3e RPMIa)
  • 4th Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (4e BCCP - dissolved)
  • 5th Colonial Parachute Infantry Battalion (5e BPIC - dissolved)
  • 5th Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (5e BCCP then 5e BPC - dissolved)
  • 6th Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (6e BCCP, 6e GCCP then 6e BPC)
  • 7th Colonial Parachute Commando Battalion (7e BCCP, 7e GCCP then 7e BPC - dissolved)
  • 8th Colonial Parachute Battalion (8e BPC, then 8e RPMIa)
  • 10th Colonial Parachute Battalion (10e BPC)
  • Colonial Group Parachute Commando of Madagascar (GCCP Madagascar - dissolved)
  • Colonial Group Parachute Commando of AEF (GCCP AEF - dissolved)
  • Marine Infantry Parachute Company (CPIMA and 6th CPIMa - dissolved)

French Train Parachute Regiments

Parachute Companies and Regiments

  • Air Support Companies (CRA)
  • Air Delivery Regiment (RLA - dissolved)
  • 1st Train Parachute Regiment (1e RTP)

1e RTP

Airborne Bases

  • Northern Airborne Base (BAPN - dissolved)
  • Southern Airborne Base (BAPS - dissolved)
  • North African Airborne Base (BAP/AFN - dissolved)
  • Airborne Operational Mobile Base (BOMAP)

Parachute Command and Support

  • 14th Parachute Command and Support Regiment (14e RPCS - dissolved)
  • 7th Parachute Command and Support Regiment (7e RPCS - dissolved)

Vietnamese, Laotien and Cambodian Parachute Units

  • 1st Viatnamese Parachute Battalion (1e BPVN - dissolved)
  • 3rd Viatnamese Parachute Battalion (3e BPVN - dissolved)
  • 5th Viatnamese Parachute Battalion (5e BPVN - dissolved)
  • 6th Viatnamese Parachute Battalion (6e BPVN - dissolved)
  • 7th Viatnamese Parachute Battalion (7e BPVN - dissolved)
  • 1st Khmers Parachute Battalion (created on December 1, 1952 in Cambodia)
  • 1st Laotien Parachute Battalion (created on October 1, 1951 in Vientiane, Laos)

Algerian Parachute Units

  • 19th Algerian Parachute Battalion
  • 14th Algerian Parachute Tirailleur Brigade

French Air Force Commandos (Commando de l' Air)

Fusiliers Commandos de l'Air of the Parachute Air Commandos include:

Air Engineers

French Navy Marine Commando (Commando Marine de La Royale)

Marine Fusiliers and Commandos Naval Force include the following Commandos Marine:

  • Naval Aeronautical Parachute Commando (dissolved)
  • Commando Ponchardier (SAS B - dissolved)
  • Commando Hubert (submarine action and counter-terrosism part of COS)
  • Marine Fusiliers Commandos Groups (Groufumaco - dissolved)
  • Commando François (dissolved)
  • Commando de Penfentenyo (reconnaissance part of COS)
  • Commando Jaubert (assault and counter-terrorism part of COS)
  • Commando de Montfort (support and destruction at distance part of COS)
  • Commando Trépel (assault and counter-terrorism part of COS)
  • School of Marines Fusilliers
  • Marine Fusillier and Commando Base (Basefusco)
  • Commando Kieffer (command and operational support, precision technologies part of COS)

Paratroopers of the National Gendarmerie(Parachutiste de La Gendarmerie Nationale)

Paratroopers of the National Gendarmerie include:

Paratroopers of the National Police include:

See also

References

  1. ^ "Brigade des forces spéciales Terre". defense.gouv.fr. 
  2. ^ [2] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, Traditions, Chant du 2e REP
  3. ^ a b GYI. "Les origines...". legion-etrangere.com. 
  4. ^ GYI. "1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  5. ^ GYI. "1er Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  6. ^ a b GYI. "3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  7. ^ GYI. "2e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  8. ^ Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
  9. ^ a b GYI. "1er Régiment étranger de génie". legion-etrangere.com. 
  10. ^ GYI. "2e Régiment étranger de génie". legion-etrangere.com. 
  11. ^ a b GYI. "Structure du 2ème régiement étranger de génie". legion-etrangere.com. 
  12. ^ a b c Frédéric AUTHIE. "1er RCP - Site officiel -". defense.gouv.fr. 
  13. ^ Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
  14. ^ "17e régiment du génie parachutiste". defense.gouv.fr. 
  15. ^ a b c d e

Bibliography

  • E. Micheletti et J. Baltzer, Insignes et brevets parachutistes de l'armée française, éditions Histoires et Collections, 2001, ISBN 2-913903-11-8.
  • Collectif, Histoire des parachutistes français (History of French Paratroopers), Société de Production Littéraire, 1975.

External links

  • History of the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment, 9th Parachute Chasseur Regiment, 14th Parachute Chasseur Regiment and 18th Parachute Chasseur Regiment


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