List of French paratrooper units

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Chuteur Opérationnel Instructor and Moniteur Brevet of the French Armed Forces including French Foreign Legion, similarly, the Golden Insignia of the R.E.P Legion Instructor and Moniteur Brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.
Chuteur Opérationnel Brevet of Commando Parachute Group of the French Armed Forces including French Foreign Legion, similarly, the Golden Insignia of the R.E.P Legion Commando Parachute Brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.
Paratrooper Moniteur Brevet of the French Armed Forces including French Foreign Legion, similarly, the Golden Insignia of the R.E.P Legion Moniteur Brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.
French and Foreign Legion Parachute Brevet, similarly the R.E.P numerote paratrooper brevet, centered by the flag colors of the Legion.

The history of French airborne units began in the Interwar period when the French Armed Forces formed specialized paratroopers units. First formed in the French Air Force, they were rapidly integrated into the French Army, French Navy, National Gendarmerie and from H.M.' s British Army, then dispersed in the ensemble forming developing components of the Armed Forces of France.

Insignias of France

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

French Air Force

Main article: French Air Force

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Air Parachute Commandos (French: Commandos Parachutistes de l'Air) include:

Air Engineers

French Army Metropolitan Paratroopers & Paratroopers of the C.E.Ps, B.E.Ps & R.E.Ps

Main article: French Army

Parachute Divisions

Parachute units of the French Army include:

Parachute Brigades and Groupments

Parachute Demi-Brigades

Main articles: Georges Bergé and André Zirnheld
  • SAS Parachute Demi-Brigade (D-B.P-SAS, later 1er RPIMa).
  • Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade (D-B.CCP, later 1er RPIMa).
  • 1st Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade (French: 1re Demi-Brigade Coloniale de Commandos Parachutistes) (1re DBCCP, later 1er RPIMa).
  • 2nd Colonial Parachute Commando Demi-Brigade (2e DBCCP, later 1er RPIMa).
  • Parachute Marching Demi-Brigade (French: Demi-Brigade de Marche Parachutiste) (DBMP - dissolved).
  • 11th Parachute Choc Demi-Brigade (French: 11e Demi-Brigade Parachutiste de Choc) (11e D-B.PC - dissolved).

Parachute Centers of Formation and Schools

French Foreign Legion

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.

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

Foreign Parachute Companies, Battalions & Regiments (C.E.Ps, B.E.Ps & R.E.Ps)

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D.I.N.O.P.S, P.C.G & Commandos of the French Foreign Legion

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

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

Parachute Artillery

Main article: Ferdinand Foch

Parachute Cavalry

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

Parachute Engineer

Main article: Michel Roquejeoffre

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Air Engineers

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

  • 15th Air Engineer Regiment (French: 15e Régiment du Génie de l'Air) (15e BGA, 15e RGA, 25e BGA, 115e CMGA, C4/18.GA, 35e BGA, CIS.GA, 25e RGA - dissolved).
  • 25th Air Engineer Regiment (French: 25e Régiment du Génie de l'Air) (15e RGA, 25e BGA, 25e CMGA, 25e RGA).
  • 35th Air Engineer Battalion (French: 35e Bataillon du Génie de l'Air) (15e RGA, 35e BGA - dissolved).
  • 45th Air Engineer Regiment (French: 45e Régiment du Génie de l'Air) (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 (French: 5e Bataillon de Chasseurs à Pied) (5e BCAP - dissolved).
  • 10th Patrol Chasseur Battalion (French: 10e Bataillon Parachutiste de Chasseurs à Pied) (10e BPCP - dissolved).

General Parachute Infantry

  • 18th Parachute Infantry Regiment (French: 18e Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes) (18e RIPC - dissolved).
  • 21st Parachute Infantry Regiment (French: 21e Régiment d'Infanterie) (21e RIAP - dissolved).

French Air Force Commando de l'Air, Parachute Chasseur, British Army Special Air Service (S.A.S) & 1er R.P.I.Ma

Choc Paratroopers

  • 1st Choc Battalion (French: 1er Bataillon de Choc) (1er BC - dissolved).
  • 2nd Choc Battalion/ Bataillon Janson-de-Sailly or Bataillon Gayardon (French: 2e bataillon de choc) (2e BC - dissolved).
  • 3rd Choc Battalion / Commando Group of France (French: Commandos de France) (3e BC - dissolved).
  • 4th Choc Battalion / Commando de Cluny (French: Commando de Cluny) (4e BC - dissolved).
  • 5th Choc Battalion / Commando Group of Africa (French: Commandos d'Afrique) (5e BC - dissolved).
  • 6th Choc Battalion / Commando de Provence (French: Commandos de Provence) (6e BC - dissolved).
  • 1st Parachute Choc Battalion (French: 1er Bataillon Parachutistes de Choc) (1er BPC - dissolved).
  • 2nd Parachute Choc Battalion (French: 2e Bataillon Parachutiste de Choc) (2e BPC - dissolved).
  • 1st Choc Parachute Infantry Regiment (French: 1er Régiment d'Infanterie de Choc Aéroporté) (1er RICAP - dissolved).
  • 11th Choc Parachute Regiment (French: 11er Régiment Parachutiste de Choc) (11e BPC, 11e DBPC and 11e RPC - dissolved).
  • 12th Choc Parachute Battalion (French: 12e Bataillon Parachutiste de Choc) (12e BPC - dissolved).
  • Mixed Airborne Commando Groupment (French: Groupement de Commandos Mixtes Aéroportés) (G.C.M.A - dissolved).

Colonial and Troupes de Marine

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Colonial and Marine Infantry Parachute Regiments

Battalions and Colonial Parachute Groups (B.C.C.P, G.C.C.P & B.P.C)

French Train Parachute Regiments

Parachute Companies and Regiments

  • Air Support Companies (CRA).
  • Air Delivery Regiment (RLA - dissolved).
  • 1st Train Parachute Regiment (French: 1er Régiment du Train Parachutiste) (1er RTP).

1er R.T.P

Airborne Bases

  • Northern Airborne Base (French: Base Aéroportée Nord) (B.AP.N - dissolved).
  • Southern Airborne Base (French: Bases Aéroportée Sud) (B.AP.S - dissolved).
  • North African Airborne Base (French: Base Aéroportée d'Afrique du Nord) (B.AP/AF.N - dissolved).
  • Airborne Operational Mobile Base (B.O.M.AP).

Parachute Command and Support

  • 14th Parachute Command and Support Regiment (French: 14e Régiment Parachutiste de Commandement et de Soutien) (14e RPCS - dissolved).
  • 7th Parachute Command and Support Regiment (French: 7e Régiment Parachutiste de Commandement et de Soutien) (7e RPCS - dissolved).

Vietnamese, Laotien and Cambodian Parachute Units

  • 1st Vietnamese Parachute Battalion (French: 1er Bataillon de Parachutistes Vietnamiens) (1er BPVN - dissolved).
  • 3rd Vietnamese Parachute Battalion (French: 3e Bataillon de Parachutistes Vietnamiens) (3e BPVN - dissolved).
  • 5th Vietnamese Parachute Battalion (French: 5e Bataillon de Parachutistes Vietnamiens) (5e BPVN - dissolved).
  • 6th Vietnamese Parachute Battalion (French: 6e Bataillon de Parachutistes Vietnamiens) (6e BPVN - dissolved).
  • 7th Vietnamese Parachute Battalion (French: 7e Bataillon de Parachutistes Vietnamiens) (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

French Navy

Main article: French Navy

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Marine Naval Force Fusiliers and Commandos (French: Force maritime des fusiliers marins et commandos) include the following Forces Fusiliers Marins and Commandos Marine:

National Gendarmerie

Main article: National Gendarmerie

Paratroopers of the National Gendarmerie include:

Paratroopers of the National Police (French: Police Nationale) include:

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Frédéric AUTHIE. "1er RCP - Site officiel -". defense.gouv.fr. 
  2. ^ a b Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
  3. ^ [1] Official Website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, Traditions, Chant du 2e REP
  4. ^ a b GYI. "Les origines...". legion-etrangere.com. 
  5. ^ GYI. "1er Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  6. ^ GYI. "1er Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  7. ^ a b GYI. "3e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  8. ^ GYI. "2e Bataillon Etranger de Parachutistes". legion-etrangere.com. 
  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. ^ "17e régiment du génie parachutiste". defense.gouv.fr. 

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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