12th Foreign Infantry Regiment

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12th Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment
(12e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie)
Active November 6, 1939 - 1940
Country  France
Branch France
Type Infantry
Size 3,000 men

The 12th Foreign Infantry Regiment (French: 12e Régiment étranger d'infanterie, 12e REI) was an infantry regiment of the French Foreign Legion which existed from 1939 to 1940 at the beginning of the World War II.

History[edit]

The regiment was sent from its training camp at La Valbonne straight into action at Soissons, Picardy on 11 May 1940.[1] After fighting its way out of encirclement it was broken as a unit by 6 June 1940.[2] By the Armistice the remaining men, only 300 of the 2,800 men that had completed training, had reached Limoges in central France.[3]

See also[edit]

11th Foreign Infantry Regiment

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. p. 251. 
  2. ^ Geraghty, Tony (1986). March or Die: France and the Foreign Legion. p. 183. 
  3. ^ Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. p. 252. 

References[edit]

  • Geraghty, Tony (1986). March or Die: France and the Foreign Legion. London: Grafton Books. ISBN 0-246-11975-6. 
  • Boyd, Douglas (2006). The French Foreign Legion. England: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3939-7.