11th Parachute Brigade (France)

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11e Brigade Parachutiste
Le 11e.B.P..jpg
Active 1999-
Country France
Branch French Army
Type Airborne Infantry
Size 8,500 personnel
Part of Commandement de la force d'action terrestre
Garrison/HQ Balma
Engagements Operation Serval
Commanders
Current
commander
Jean-Pierre Bosser
Insignia
Badge of the 11th Parachute Brigade worn on Maroon Berets. This badge is also worn by French Foreign Legion Paratroopers on Foreign Legion Berets. Insigne de béret Parachutiste métro et légion.jpg
Abbreviation 11 BP
French paratroopers in Lebanon in 1983

The 11th Parachute Brigade (French: 11e Brigade Parachutiste, 11e BP) is an airborne unit. It contains most of the parachute units in the French army.

The brigade numbers around 8,500 personnel and includes eight regiments. It is under command of a général de brigade (Brigadier General). French paratroopers wear a red beret, except for the 2e REP who wear the French Foreign Legion Beret (light green).

History[edit]

The French Army created two parachute divisions in 1956, the 10th Parachute Division (10e Division Parachutiste, 10e DP) under the command of General Jacques Massu and the 25th Parachute Division (25e Division Parachutiste, 25e DP) under the command of General Sauvagnac. The 10e DP formed from a looser 1955-formed previous Groupement Parachutiste d'Intervention, the 25e DP was established from the 25th Airportable Division which had been previously stationed in Provence.[1]

In the aftermath of the Algiers putsch, both formations were disbanded and their regiments merged into the Light Intervention Division (Division Légère d'Intervention). It became the 11th Parachute Division (11e Division Parachutiste, 11e DP) in 1971.

In the aftermath of the Cold War, the French Army reorganised and the 11e DP became the 11th Parachute Brigade in 1999.

In January 2013, 250 French paratroopers from the 11th Parachute Brigade jumped into Northern Mali to support an offensive to capture the city of Timbuktu.[2]

Organisation[edit]

Organizational Chart of the 11th Parachute Brigade in 2011
It also includes the Commando Parachute Group, composed of members of the various regiments.

Sources and See also[edit]

  1. ^ Clayton, 'France, Soldiers, and Africa', Brassey's Defence Publishers, 1988, p.190
  2. ^ "French-led operation looks north after Timbuktu". france24.com/en. FRANCE 24. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.