1st Colonial Infantry Division (France)

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The 1st Colonial Infantry Division (French: 1e Division d'Infanterie Coloniale, 1e DIC) was a French Army formation prior to World War I and during World War II.

Prior to the start of World War I, the division was composed of:[1]

  • 5th Colonial Infantry Regiment
  • 6th Colonial Infantry Regiment
  • 21st Colonial Infantry Regiment
  • 23rd Colonial Infantry Regiment

However, in the re-organisation immediately prior to World War I, the division was disbanded, with the 5th and 6th Colonial Infantry Regiments going to the French 14th Corps, and the 21st and 23rd Colonial Infantry Regiments going to the French 1st Colonial Corps.[2]

During the Battle of France in May 1940 the division was made up of the following units:

It was an active division which existed during peacetime. The Sengalese Tiailleurs Regiments contained troops from French West Africa. The Colonial Infantry and Artillery Regiments were made up of French troops who had volunteered to serve overseas if needed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] french: LES TROUPES COLONIALES EN 1914 (english: "COLONIAL TROOPS IN 1914"). Accessed 2009-08-23. Archived 2009-09-04.
  2. ^ fr:Ordre de bataille de l'armée française le 1er août 1914 french: Ordre de bataille de l'armée française le 1er août 1914 (english: "Battle order of the French Army on August 1, 1914")